Capitalizing on Career Chaos: Bringing Creativity and by Helen Harkness

By Helen Harkness

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Paradigms operate beneath the surface of popular culture, unnoticed until the old way begins to generate more problems than it solves. Table 1 illustrates the some of the major paradigm shifts in science. Table 2 illustrates some of the paradigm shifts that will be needed to be successful in a career today. According to Elgin (2000, p. ” This lets us experience ourselves as alive—ultimately connected and related to all—cousins to everything in a living, continuously regenerated universe. This is a different way of relating to our world, and it overcomes the profound separation and division of everything into parts that has marked our past.

Understanding Chaos for Career Planning This concept—discovering the basic patterns within random chaos—parallels the process necessary for us to achieve success as we maneuver our careers in today’s chaotic workplace. To succeed in today’s complexity and chaos, we absolutely must identify our own Meaning Magnets. They relate directly to managing change and uncertainty in our career and workplace. 15 PA RT I LIVING AND WORKING ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS The edge of chaos is where new ideas and innovative genotypes are forever nibbling away at the edge of the status quo and where even the most entrenched old guard will be eventually overthrown.

TOM PETERS Our careers, institutions, organizations, and personal lives are vibrating with seemingly out-of-control, random change and transformation. All our expectations based on the past are out of sync with current daily reality. Managing careers effectively and successfully requires a new paradigm for understanding and handling our careers and the work world. Our former stable, predictable, vertical forty-year career model is being replaced—this means living and working on the edge of chaos—paradoxically moving between stability and instability, cooperation and competition, order and disorder, intuition and analysis, certainty and ambiguity.

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