Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career, Updated Edition, With a New Preface

  • 8h 9m 25s
  • Herminia Ibarra
  • Gildan Media
  • 2024

Bestselling author Herminia Ibarra presents a model for career reinvention that flies in the face of everything we've learned from "career experts"—and is tailor-made for changing careers in today's uncertain world. Career transition is not a linear path toward some predetermined identity, according to Ibarra, but a crooked journey along which we try on a host of "possible selves" we might become. Successful reinvention comes not from deciphering and analyzing our past, but from inventing and testing our possible futures.

Using new examples of people in different stages of a career transition, Ibarra identifies the three critical strategies—experiment with new professional activities and identities, interact in new networks of people, and make sense of what is happening to us in light of emerging possibilities-that all successful career changers use. She shows how you can use these strategies to: explore your possible selves; craft and execute "identity experiments;" create "small wins" that keep momentum going; connect with role models and mentors who can ease the transition; and arrange new learnings into a coherent story.

Now with action-oriented exercises to help you work successfully through your own career transition, this updated edition gives you the tools to discover a new path and find success in your new career.

About the Author

Herminia Ibarra is an authority on leadership and career transitions. She is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School and is ranked among the top management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award, and a fellow of the British Academy. She is the author of the bestselling book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, and she writes regularly in leading publications, including Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Reinventing Yourself
  • Chapter 2 - Possible Selves
  • Chapter 3 - Between Identities
  • Chapter 4 - Deep Change
  • Chapter 5 - Crafting Experiments
  • Chapter 6 - Shifting Connections
  • Chapter 7 - Making Sense
  • Conclusion: Becoming Yourself
  • Appendix: Studying Career Transitions


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