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Mastering Professional Transitions with Chip Conley

The pandemic created some more time for reflection which has led to many of us considering our options when it comes to our career path. Yet, very few of us have been schooled in how to build our TQ (Transition Intelligence). Being able to master a transition has become an essential 21st century skill in a world that is changing faster than ever before. MEA co-founder Chip Conley has navigated a number of transitions in his successful career and he will share some of his personal best practices in this 5-part video series.

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Part 1: Maximize Your Professional Transition

Reconsidering a career that is no longer for you? Exploring retirement, a new project, company or direction? This series offers best practices when it comes to career transitions while also helping you to cultivate and harvest your wisdom moving forward.

The three phases of transition

The difference between change and transition

Midlife has more transitions than any other period

Key Question / Takeaway

What big professional transition are you exploring right now?

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Part 2: The Difference Between Wisdom and Knowledge

We are taught to believe that “Knowledge is Power” but what if the new mantra is that “Wisdom is Wealth?” What is most meaningful to you that can serve as midlife wisdom? How can you become wiser in your professional transitions? Learn a new process to document and distill your wisdom every week.

Learn the meaning of “Long Life Learning”

Free link to a white paper on the importance of midlife wisdom schools

Hear Chip’s story of being hired at Airbnb for his wisdom vs. knowledge

Key Question / Takeaway

What wisdom have you harvested this week?

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Part 3: Optimizing Your Career Path

As we age, it is even more important to adopt a growth mindset focused on learning and improving. Otherwise, your professional “sandbox” gets smaller and smaller if your fixed mindset limits your options to that which you already know. How is your mindset serving you and giving you more options?

Cultivating curiosity in your life will support your professional transitions

Focus on letting go of “proving yourself” and instead on “improving yourself”

If we are fixed in our profession we may feel stuck, judgmental or constricted

Key Question / Takeaway

How can you learn something new every month or season?

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Part 4: Curiosity vs Judgment

Being discerning is important when weighing professional decisions. But how do we do that with empathy and curiosity versus being judgmental and critical? Appreciative Inquiry is a method used at MEA of asking catalytically curious questions to open up new possibilities. Learn about how great questions can illuminate a team, a career, or a life.

Draw a pie chart of what parts of your life are in judgment vs. curiosity

Apply this question with the possibility of tapping into a dream or hope

Appreciative Inquiry questions are a way of building on what is working

Key Question / Takeaway

Craft three questions for yourself using the Appreciative Inquiry method.

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Part 5: Offering the World Your Mastery

By 2025, most Americans will have a younger boss. That reality can make us feel irrelevant. Yet, the modern workplace could use more “modern elders” and intergenerational collaboration. Learn how to become a “mentern” by being a mentor and an intern simultaneously, which may be your fastest path toward learning something new.

What are five things you’d like to learn as a mentee?

Come up with a list of 5 things you could offer another as a mentor

Appreciative Inquiry questions are a way of building on what is working

Who are 3-5 people you could develop a mutual mentoring relationship with?

Key Question / Takeaway

“What mastery can you offer?” Answer this question five times in five different ways.

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