But why mention this in a post on a money mindset?
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
But why mention this in a post on a money mindset?
Spirituality, meaning, and purpose – Why is it important to include these into thoughts about career planning?
I am delighted to be back – let us add another dimension to how we need to look at the issue of career and life planning! As we have discussed before, when we are busy with any form or shape of career planning, it is really important to take due consideration of all factors, which may influence this process.
Previously we skimmed the surface regarding the ILP model’s ability to offer an integrative approach to career planning. Today we will introduce a topic so profoundly part of who we are, that it seems almost impossible considering any form of career or life planning where it is excluded…I am referring to the issues of spirituality, meaning, and purpose in life.
Let us take a brief moment to pause around the issue of purpose in life. When talking to working people – yes, this is intentionally written in old speak – a huge number of these people will quite easily tell you that they are working with the intention of getting paid, as this will allow them to buy things…and that this buying will in some way bring a sense of peace and fulfilment! When probing a bit more specifically, less than 10% of these people will be able to state that by working they are (also) fulfilling their life purpose. Of interest is the large number of people who regard work as a necessary evil, something they have to do, and if possible, something they would not mind giving up at any time! If we now turn our attention to the topic of the current posting, I think you will agree that what is lacking from the above picture, is being able to find our purpose (in life) in the work we are doing.
Although purpose in life can be described in many ways, this concept needs to form part of the discussion when people’s futures are under the spotlight. In previous models of career planning, a significant emphasis has been placed on finding the right job in the current time; managing a career would then be about finding ways within the selected job, to get to the top of the ladder. At no point did these approaches to career planning introduce the fundamentally important issue of purpose in life.
Further to the above, the large majority of career planning models have not sufficiently considered spirituality within the context of career planning and management. I guess there will be some detractors to the following statement, but that is their choice: people are fundamentally spiritual beings, and need to (also) take a proper look at the role of spirituality in our lives when making a career planning decision. According to one definition for spirituality, it is seen to refer to the sense of interconnectedness within all living creatures, and an awareness of the purpose and meaning of life the development of personal, absolute values.
How is it then, considering the above definition of spirituality, possible to make any career plan or engage in career management if we simply disregard the influence of purpose in life and spirituality?
Due to its integrative approach to career planning, The Integrative Life Planning model takes full notice of the issues of meaning, purpose in life and our spirituality; any career-related course of action where we exclude our personal take on the above issues, is bound to end in a place of unfulfilment and un-connectedness – in short, not a good place at all and the same place describing the 90% mentioned earlier in this post!
In my next posting I will spend a bit of time talking about a final principle underlying the concept of ILP – once this is done, we will start moving into ILP proper! Have yourself a brilliantly fulfilled and integrated day!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The need for finding connections and links in career and life planning – The Integrative Life Planning Approach
Hi – good to have you back! In the previous two posts I spent time investigating some of the principles on which Integrative Life Planning is based. Please allow me a few moments to give you a further introduction to what makes the ILP model so special!
If you have been around for a bit on the blog, you will recall that we previously looked at a variety of reasons why there is a need to take a different look at planning a career and doing life planning – as indicated from a holistic approach.
Since ILP is described as an integrative model, it seems just that it would take a closer look at all the issues and contexts, which may influence how we live and shape our lives. As a direct consequence of its aim to bring all life influences together in a model, ILP investigates the lives of people in a more or less layered approach. We can start off by looking at people on an (unobservable) spiritual level; we can look at how people think about themselves; we may consider people’s gender roles and their interpersonal relations; we may even consider how people live together in communities and societies; we can look at how societies are shaped and influence people; and we can certainly consider people from a national and global point of view. I agree that the further we move away from the individual, the less we feel connected to the discussion – it is, however, one of the points at the heart of ILP!
ILP is a holistic model, which not only helps us to dissect life into a myriad of bits and pieces – BUT to bring it all together in a way that allows us to move beyond feelings of isolation, and move to a place where we become able to celebrate the nature of man (and woman!). ILP helps us understand that the world as we know it at this very moment, is in fact changing, will keep changing, and that we need to find ways through which we can be equipped to handle these challenges and opportunities.
A fourth defining principle is the fact that ILP provides a lens through which we are able to observe – and change – various connections and links. The previous paragraph already hinted at ILP’s drive to integrate the various facets of which our lives may be comprised. A key strength of the holistic ILP model can be found in the way ILP makes it possible to see the connections between our family lives and work. If we cast our minds back to the era where it was commonplace to match a career to an individual – sometimes for life – we will recall that no single career and life development approach was known to integrate these two power-houses of life influence! While previous models of career choice and development assumed there was one ideal form of family, they tried their level best to keep work and family separate from one another. If, like the majority of individuals, you were assisted by an old-school career professional, chances are very slim that family and work would have been brought together in the decision-making process. It was more or less assumed that work was work and family another place where we would go after work…to rest and get back to work the following day!
As times have changed, the shortcomings of modernist career models have been exposed – no longer is it acceptable to offer career and life planning assistance without adopting an integrative approach. The ILP model, consisting of six critical tasks, manages to create a space within which true integration becomes possible and has the promise of creating long-term change. As we continue our discussion on the ILP model, we will present the case for integration and seeking wholeness from an individual as well as organisational perspective.
I look forward to seeing you here soon – we will continue our adventure on the road to wholeness and integration of all facets of our lives!
Monday, August 22, 2011
(Actually, please don't bet the farm on my advice, the world's financial experts are well adept to lose our money if the 08 crash is anything to go by, you don't need my help to do that).
Before outlining the system, I want to look at some hindrances to wealth building. I will propose that a system for the accumulation wealth will run into much of the same problems a system used for losing weight does.
A Sustainable System for Wealth Accumulation
Make a commitment to keep 10% of everything you make "as yours to keep". This means that you actually pay 10% of all your earnings to yourself first.
See this 10% as the "seeds to your money tree". This is your surplus that must start to earn more money for you. Like a "golden slave" this stream of money that has to earn money for you. Stated simply, this money has to earn more money for you. It is not money for a rainy day, it's money that has to slave for you.
Principle 2: Learn to Control Your Expenses
This requires discipline to live on 90% of your earnings (or 70%, if like me you want to get out of debt). Remember, we have to grow in wealthy disciplines, part of that is learning to live on 90% of what you earn.
To start with this, make a list of your necessities and your desires. At this point we have to give up some of our desires in order to make our greater desire, such a financial freedom, come true.
This is also where a budget is needed. A budget is tool that helps us to delay a multitude of desires for the attainment of a bigger one.
Then, after you have done that, enjoy the 90% (or 70%) of your money as far is it permits.
Principle 3: Make Your Surplus Capital Multiply
After having saved a surplus, we have to put our surplus to work for us. To do this, we have to invest. There are many options wherein to invest money, but I think one rule is crucial.
Never ever invest into something you do not understand. Make sure you can identify the risks and workings of an investment before investing. Or else, your money will surely be lost. Also, be very careful of whom you take financial advice. Don't listen to the broker who is broker than you are. Listen to those skilled in the workings of making money.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I have to emphasize the word process. Process implies a plan and consistency. It also implies a long-term perspective.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The celebration of diversity and inclusivity – ILP’s holistic approach to dealing with these challenges
Hi there! Let us continue our journey of discovery within which we consider some of the challenges towards attaining wholeness.
According to Hansen, Integrative Life Planning (ILP) offers a model which provides a space within which newly gained insight about “career and organisational development, gender roles, multi-culturalism and diversity, and social and personal change into a unified framework for practice” can be harnessed.
The ILP model’s focus on diversity and inclusivity are described as unique discussion points in terms of areas existing career and personal development models. As you can imagine, the linear models of career counselling, which were discussed before, are in no way capable of providing practitioners with a sufficiently fluid model, which celebrates difference as well as sameness.
ILP is further described as an approach, which can be applied to both the career professional rendering a developmentally-related service, as well as his or her clients. This is also a fresh new approach, since previous models were known to emphasise the expert role of the career professional. By providing a framework within which self-reflection can take place, ILP is not just offering lip-service to the notion of diversity and inclusivity – it is allowing the client and the professional space to encounter themselves and to encounter others. By so doing, both participants are enabled to assess whether their skills, knowledge, and attitudes, are geared towards adding value, or towards creating further division.
Hansen also states that the ILP model offers an alternative to those individuals, who have managed to master Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and who need to move or be moved beyond.
Let us take a minute to consider the importance of being able to celebrate difference as well as sameness by examining three recent examples:
· The recent spate of riots and violence in the United Kingdom serves as a clear indication that there seems to be an over-emphasis on difference. Diversity is not celebrated, but is used by all involved – rioters and police and everyone else perpetuating the situation – to create further division.
· The horrific incident in Norway where Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed 76 individuals whom he regarded as different. How could this situation have been avoided if there were a celebration of diversity and inclusivity?
· The last example I want to introduce, is the killing of dolphins on the Cove in Taiji, Japan. Video footage on the event has shocked the world, and has led to an outrage amongst Western nations. If there were a greater appreciation of diversity and inclusivity, a better solution for all stakeholders would have been possible. Instead of identifying a strategy aimed at addressing the fears of all, the main emphasis was placed on difference!
I think the above examples speak for themselves! ILP offers an approach, which celebrates difference or diversity, as well as sameness or inclusivity. In postings to follow, we will continue discussing the value the ILP approach can add to the world of career planning, but also on other levels.
Please let me know your thoughts on the issue – feel free to write comments and let us get a discussion going!
See you next time!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Fear nullifies faith, and it is impossible to attain our goals without faith. Napoleon Hill tells us that the fear of poverty programs the unconscious to produce poverty (see Pink Elephants, Garbage and the Unconscious Mind for on this).
We have to replace a poverty mentality with a wealth mentality.
That's it for today, we'll delve into the next five wrong money beliefs in the next post. Please feel free to tell us about your own experiences in the comment field below.
Some further reading on this topic:
Mind over Money: Overcoming the Money Disorders That Threaten Our Financial Health by Brad Klontz and Ted Klontz
The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge: 5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship with Money by Brad Klontz and Ted Klontz
Think And Grow Rich: The Secret To Wealth Updated For The 21St Century by Napoleon Hill
Welcome back! After a brief absence from the blog, I am back and want to spend some time talking about Integrative Life Planning as an approach, which can be considered from six perspectives. As we have discussed before, ILP is a comprehensive model, aimed at offering life-changing assistance to individuals – ILP is a truly holistic approach, and as we will be discussing today, consists of various facets of significance.
When one starts planning a career, the whole picture needs to be taken into consideration. The approach to life planning, which is described by the ILP model, can be viewed from six distinct perspectives. The first perspective that we will now be looking at, has been alluded to already: ILP is a holistic approach, which is used to help all individuals look at themselves within the various contexts they are functioning in.
ILP, as an approach to career and life planning, considers every single element, which is known to have an impact on our personal experiences and lives. I agree, this indeed sounds like quite an ambitious statement – let us take a closer look at what these specific issues are.
v Local, national, and global change – this can include literally anything, which someone planning a career, will in one way or the other need to consider. Granted, issues of global change will take longer to impact my day-to-day life, but invariably does.
v Work, family, education, and leisure changes – these elements describe both our private and public lives, and are duly considered as a function of the holistic nature of the ILP approach
v Cultural changes and subsequent changes seen in the roles of men and women – this makes up for another element, which is considered in terms of ILP’s holistic approach to life planning and patterns
v Change in our life roles, which include learning, loving, relaxing, and work – these elements, when discussed in terms of the ILP approach, are duly considered as additional facets to consider when we are engaged in the process of planning for a career; the integration of these areas are given centre-stage in the ILP life planning play!
v The need for personal reflection, especially in terms of one’s own priorities for issues such as personal and career life planning – this is a need, which was not sufficiently catered for by the previous linear models of career planning and life development; and lastly
v The impact and importance of the notion of change itself – change is often viewed as the only constant in our lives! We are all experiencing change in one form or the other – ILP considers the manner in which change impacts on individuals in all their complexity and uniqueness.
The manner in which career professionals approach the life and career planning of clients, simply has to give full consideration to the above issues. If we opt for fully-fledged career counselling, the above areas simply have to be included in the process; if a career coach was to employ the ILP model, the truth would be unchanged and the value of ILP as holistic approach would again be realised.
When we meet again, we will continue our current discussion of the six perspectives from which the ILP life planning model can be viewed – I look forward to talking to you soon!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
News about the US debt ceiling crisis circulated the globe. Many individuals have considered the real possibility of the collapse of the US Dollar and yet another implosion of the global economy.
If we are unable to align our behavioural scripts with the laws of money (a topic for another time), we will surely not be able to accumulate wealth and financial wholeness.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Hello – good to have you visit our blog! The topic for today’s posting is to take yet another look at some of the theoretical concepts underpinning the ILP model. In today’s blog, we will consider the move towards integration, as it is encountered within the ILP model.
Within the context of life planning and management, there is a move towards wholeness and connectedness. In actual fact, the move is picking up some speed and hence all theoretical models would be required to include this notion into its conceptualisation of the reality they are describing. If you have read the blogs before the current one, you would have seen that the ILP model has taken full notice of this change – therefore the model has gone through some stages of fine-tuning since its original conceptualisation.
In the early days of the ILP model, there was an emphasis on the integration of work and family, as well as the roles and relationships of men and women. Being sensitive to the demands of the theoretical and practical environment, Sunny Hansen came to the realisation that the post-industrialised society is characterised by many (more) facets, which all need to be given due consideration in any attempt to move towards theoretical and practical implementation.
If we take a historical view of the concept of integration, it becomes apparent that the first use of the concept of integration was done in an effort to convey the existing connection between family and work. According to Hansen, the following are additional examples of aspects of our lives, which need to be considered when integration is attempted: connecting
· Connecting education and work: in the current timeframe, one would easily be able to build a case in support of this link; quite often we will think of work and ask what form of education is required for success in that field. A question, which comes to mind, would be what this picture of integration would resemble if we turn our attention to under- and unemployed individuals within the South African context?
· Learning and work: if we assume that some level of learning will always be associated with any kind of work, the link seems quite obvious; again, we would need to spend some time trying to determine how the link between learning and work may be described in a non-ideal situation?
· Work and leisure: more often than not, the majority of people continue looking at these concepts as non-related; if, however, we want to move towards a fully integrative model of life and career planning, we will have no option but to define the nature of the links
· Work and family: according to Hansen, there is still a degree of reluctance to integrate these concepts. How many of us are able to state that they have found the perfect balance between these two facets of life? What does this connection look like?
A key challenge we need to address in the here and the now, is to answer whether the concept of family is brought into the mix when career planning and management is on the agenda! I would venture a guess and say that the level of integration is still highly limited – how would you currently describe the level of integration between your professional life and family?
When we consult literature on the topic, it is relatively easy to find evidence supporting the notion that the concepts of wellness and wholeness are gaining more credibility in the context of academic psychology – it is also encountered more and more as far as practical application is concerned.
Hansen makes an appeal for career professionals to do a better job of realising the extent of the connectedness between these concepts. Career professionals, in whatever guise or form, need to utilise models, which make an attempt to integrate all of the following aspects of our lives:
· Rationality and intuition
· Work and spirituality
· Full integration of women’s and men’s lives.
In Hansen’s view, we would all need to make a concerted effort towards achieving a full integration of the physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and career development.
In our next discussion, we will continue addressing the principles underlying the ILP model. Once we have all gained a working understanding of the underpinning theoretical assumptions of the ILP model, we will start addressing the practical application towards full integration.
Please feel free to make comments to the above; I look forward to hearing from you!