The Six Stages of Career Planning in ICS are based on this wonderful Joseph Campbell quote: "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."
Here is a short explanation of Campbell's Heroic Journey motif.
I am fairly sure I have read every Campbell book published in order to ensure that everything he said was covered somewhere within the ICS process. And to help you write your own heroic story.
Neuroscientist, Lisa Feldman Barrett, groundbreaking new book 'How Emotions are Made, The Secret Life of the Brain' helps us better understand how and why our emotions are generated. This work aligns very nicely with the Personal Development Module of ICS and all of PEAT. Demystifying emotions provides clarity to decision making. I thoroughly recommend her book. This clip is one from a series of short explanations on youtube, also highly recommended.
Pie 'N Burger. Directed by my sister, Clare Sera, portrays the heroic journey of a diner waitress who encounters.....well, you decide for yourself who or what she encounters. Clare did not produce this with ICS in mind but I have yet to come across anything that portrays the approach more accurately!
This film went on to win 1st place in the Los Angeles Mosaic Film Festival.
It has been viewed by well over a 1,000 ICS clients who have gone through roughly 500 hundred boxes of Kleenex while doing so.
THE PULLED IN TWO DIRECTIONS DANCE
Not all certifications go as planned. Here I am in Holland trying my best to demonstrate different levels of decision making when, well you can see for yourself...
Listen to my friend Ethan Schutz explaining how, rather than running away, or suppressing our defensive behaviours, we can become more authentic by embracing them before setting them free.
Directly and simply stated, Ethan teaches that cultural transformation doesn’t just happen. It requires experience, a dedication to self-awareness, and individual effort to behave differently. Teams that work well together emerge as the result of a mindful, replicable process that integrates a deep understanding of human motivation and today’s demanding professional world. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Here's my first webinar. Produced by my partners in Mexico, Quidam Global. At 40 minutes it is a bit long but it does give a pretty good overview of the development and history of ICS and what it is designed to do.
Thank you to Monica Diaz, Jorge Diaz and Raul Contrera for their assistance (and insistence) with this.
Shortly after the webinar I had the privilege of going to Mexico to train a number of practitioners in ICS. Inserted is a picture of us hard at work.
This Ted Talk also aligns very well with The Implicit Career Search philosophy.
Published on Jan 9, 2017. In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling. "You don't have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you," she says. "Be like a new kind of first responder ... the one to take the first courageous step toward the other."
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GET A JOB
Brad Caslor's 1985 film, 'Get A Job' is the first video I showed in my first workshop in 1987. Think I showed it on the afternoon of the first day of a 5 day workshop when I realized I had used up what I thought was an entire weeks worth of material in the first morning.
This really does a brilliant job of capturing the agony of the traditional job search process while paying homage to the animation work of cartoonists from the 40s such as the great Bob Clamped.