Whether you have a job that might go away,
lost your job, or even if you are secure in your job but
don't like what you do very much, now is the time to take an inventory of your skills,
a second look at opportunities you might have ignored in the past.
We created Adapt! How to Survive and
Thrive In the Changing World of Work to give you the tips, tricks
and tools you need to manage your current reality. You will learn how to
take advantage of opportunities that come your way, how to create
opportunities, how to get even highly competitive jobs, and how to use your
unique skills to create a profitable business.
You will discover that:
Companies need the right people to help them
(and there's a simple way for you to prove that YOU are the right
person for the job).
You don't need an MBA to succeed (and we've
found a surprising statistic to prove it).
Companies want former employees to work for
them (and you can make twice as much money doing it).
Losing your job isn't the end of the world
(unless you just sit in the rocking chair hoping something will happen).
Career burnout and plateauing still happen
(and we'll give you the telltale signs).
Who are we and why should
you listen to us?
We are a group of diverse professionals
working in a wide variety of fields including art, coaching, consulting,
speaking, publishing, engineering, media production, and
We realized that some of us started our
careers in the corporate world and after years of climbing the ladder
realized that these careers were not working for us. Others started out as
entrepreneurs and have continued to own their own businesses. And some of us, after
working in other fields, are either returning to the corporate world or
working with corporations. All of us, in one way
or another, adapted to the changing needs of our chosen careers.
We decided that our experiences could help
others who faced similar transitions, whether voluntary or forced. We
realized that most people choose careers fresh out of college with very
little knowledge of what they are getting into. Many people discover fairly
quickly that they are in the wrong career but carry on in the hopes that it
will get better as they climb the corporate ladder.
In many cases, they discover that after about
20 years, they are no longer climbing the ladder and their career is on hold.
In many cases, they are eased out, gently or not so gently, because they no
longer have any chance of promotion to the highest positions.
"...inspiration, new strategies..."
“This book has
more than something for everybody, it has a lot for almost
anybody—anybody who wants some inspiration, new strategies to
implement, and new approaches to thinking about careers. It is about
being called to the marketplace, to your profession, and to your
life’s work. Enjoy, learn and be ready to apply the ideas in this
book. Adapt away, and lean into the risks and excitement that you were
Mentor. Founder, The Schuster Kane Alliance, Inc. and author of
Answering Your Call: A Guide to Living Your Deepest Purpose.
"...a guide for anyone frustrated
with career direction..."
a guide for anyone frustrated with career direction. It has personal
stories and lessons learned from men and women who made numerous
changes before finding rewarding and satisfying careers.”
Author of the NY
Times bestseller Knock 'em Dead: The Ultimate Job
Search Guide, which
Times called one of the most valuable career books on the
fascinating collection of experiences, stories, and insights into
surviving and thriving in the changing world of work. Read it if you
are just starting out in your career, mid-career and seeking a more
satisfying fit, or considering a great next chapter.”
Author of the
New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.
Once in the job market, they discover that the
world of work is changing.
People spend shorter time periods at any one company. Loyalty to a company
is a thing of the past. Serial careers are now common. The current economic
situation has accelerated this trend. That's why we decided
to give all of you a lifeline you could grab, a lifeline you could use to
make sense of the new world of work.
This book, Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive
In the Changing World of Work, is the result.
We've distilled years of experience to show
You can find satisfaction in life no matter
how much money you make (and the story of a former multi-millionaire who
went broke proves it).
You don't need expensive training and advanced
degrees to succeed (you just need the ability and willingness to learn,
as one of our authors shows).
It is up to you to create the best life
possible (don't expect help from your company or anyone else).
A successful transition from one career to another is a
matter of planning, not chance (and our career transition coaches show you
Meet Our Experts!
Business Consultant, Engineer
Steve Amos is an
entrepreneurial consulting wizard with Pax-CC. He has a diverse
background as a product manager, project manager, mechanical
manufacturing engineer, business owner, speaker, author, marketing,
real estate appraiser and investor. Steve coaches teams that Turn Your
Visions into Profits through developing new products, problem solving,
turnarounds, improving lean processes, and creating marketing focused
on customer needs.
Steve Amos helped
turn around a division losing $9 million annually to be profitable
enough to be sold. Steve also co-developed several niche products, one
created first year sales of $6 million. Experience includes Pentair
Water, Goldrush Realty Advisors, Black and Decker, Sargent Lock, Colt
Firearms, UNC Resources, United Technologies, Eastman Kodak and small
Steve is an
ex-president of Career Builder’s fellowship at Crystal Cathedral, and
active in Orange County career groups.
After completing a
degree in English at UCLA, Charlotte’s career “paths” included
advertising, administrative positions at Hewlett-Packard, massage
therapy, and working with her Dad in construction.
She started to paint
rocks, way back when that was a craze in elementary school. After a
discouraging high school art class, her creative urges were satisfied
with ceramics and beading for quite some time. She began painting in
Now Charlotte’s art
is in international collections, including a Hilton Hotel and several
spiritual centers in the US. Charlotte’s artwork has been published
in a unique artistic collaboration with Kathe Schaaf, author of
Some Things I Know to be True, 2006, the first in a narrative
series of six poetry books.
HR and Leadership Consultant
on the people side of business. She has over thirty years of Fortune
500 experience, specializing in employee selection and retention, team
building, employee relations and leadership development. Rochelle is
known for partnering with each client to create a work environment of
high performance standards and continuous professional growth. As
faculty at Chapman University, she develops classes in the
Organizational Leadership degree program. Rochelle is often a keynote
speaker on the mix of the four generations in the workplace, and is
writing her doctoral dissertation on communication and feedback
between Generation X and Generation Y.
Career Transition Coach
John Hall has
coached hundreds of executives and management employees through career
transitions. At Chapman University, he developed and taught the only
graduate outplacement course in the nation. He also taught Advanced
Job Search Strategies in the Graduate Career Counseling Program at
the University of California, San Diego.
John has had
articles published in The Wall Street Journal’s National Business
Employment Weekly, The Alumni Newsletter for the Wharton
Business School and the Orange County Register. For two and
half years, he hosted a talk show, Career Strategies on
Talk2K.com. John served three years on the National Board of the
Professional Coaches and Mentors Association and is a Past President
of their Orange County Chapter.
Hardesty: Saving Businesses
Mike Hardesty brings
an extensive business background, in addition to a law degree and an
MBA, to assist his clients. His many assignments include: corporate
troubleshooter in one of the world's largest apparel companies;
in-house counsel and advisor to the president; management consultant
helping Fortune 500 companies increase productivity and reduce labor
costs; owner of his own management consulting firm with offices in
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.; mergers and
acquisitions, exclusively of law firms; and management consultant
helping small to mid-sized firms survive and prosper.
Mike has assisted in
the salvation, growth, merger and sale of more than 800 domestic and
international companies, both large and small. His analytical
ability, no nonsense persona and extensive hands-on experience make
Mike the ideal point man to assist anyone thinking seriously about the
future of their business.
Coaching Executives to Success
Hendrix combines thirty years of experience in the corporate world
with coaching and psychology to create a unique and effective business
advisory practice. Hal provides executive coaching to further develop
or fine tune specific skill sets, improve performance, expand
abilities necessary for the next level of job responsibilities, change
corporate culture, and enhance leadership abilities.
experience, the most recent as CFO and senior management team member,
included responsibility for accounting, finance, information systems,
strategic planning, inventory and indirect impact on manufacturing
management. This background enables him to understand complex business
issues, including bottom line impact.
Baby Boomer Challenges
published the Journal of 2020 Foresight and founded The
Knowledge Labs as the authoritative source for the people, places,
ideas, trends and the know-how you need to know now. Today, he
conducts four Best Fit, Best Place Labs focusing on how
to: master the challenges facing all baby boomers; follow your passion
to work and live anywhere you want; take advantage of the green
revolution; and turn your hobby into a KnowledgeATM .
coached hundreds of C-Suite and key executives during their career
transitions as Senior Vice President at Right Management Consultants.
He held senior management positions at Fluor, Unisys, Western Digital,
Proxima and Wyle Electronics.
Coach, Trainer, Journalist
Maxwell has found her square hole(s) as a corporate trainer,
professional coach and journalist. Her qualifications include ICF
coaching accreditation, qualifications in workplace training, a B.A.
and an L.L.M. (A Masters of Arts in Journalism is a work-in-progress.)
holes she has fallen into along the way include lawyer, life skills
teacher, therapist, childcare worker, academic, creative consultant,
film writer, barmaid, market researcher and general dogs body. She has
also walked on fire, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and traveled through
the Middle East, India, Africa, Asia and Tibet.
runs career change programs for individuals who are sick of hanging up
half their personality with their jackets when they arrive at work
each day and are ready to create a genuinely compelling and satisfying
Janet L. Newcomb:
Business and Career Coach
Jan is an executive
coach specializing in business leadership and strategy, organizational
effectiveness and career transitions. In her 25+ years of
wide-ranging business experience, she has worked for Fortune 500
companies, founded for-profit and non-profit corporations, served on
the boards of several professional organizations, and is currently an
entrepreneur/business owner and community volunteer. In addition to
advanced studies in organizational management, Jan holds degrees in
sociology and law, as well as certificates in career transition
coaching, parent coaching, personal/organizational coaching,
mediation, diversity and HR development.
Editor, Publisher, Speaker
Lee specializes in
editing and publishing books for consultants, coaches and other
professionals who want to become the recognized experts in their
markets. He is also the co-producer of the Speak Your Way to Wealth
seminars presented each August in Southern California.
He is the author of
seven books, including 57 Steps to Better Writing, and
Coaching for the New Century. He has written two novels and three
family histories. His publishing company, Solutions Press, specializes
in business publications.
He started speaking
professionally in 1974. In the late 1980’s he studied creative writing
with Sol Stein, one of the premier book editors of the 20th
Century. This led directly to the writing of his novels and to his
becoming a writing coach and book publisher.
Richards resides in California and has been married to his wife and
business partner, Yvonne for 44 years. They have 3 grown sons and 3
James was born and
educated in New Zealand. He built an international printing and
publishing business, based in New Zealand and with operations in
Australia and the United States.
Currently he is the
President of an Internet business - InterGreet.com, the exclusive
online wholesaler of American Greetings products to retail stores and
He is an ordained
Pastor at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California where he
heads an Outreach Ministry to Third World countries and teaches
advanced classes in Biblical Studies. He is the author of the popular
Theology book, “100 Questions & Answers”.
Jacqueline is the
President of Lighthouse Inspirations, Inc. a family of companies and
an inspirational incubator for new businesses. The entrepreneur's
entrepreneur, she has founded, developed and managed a number of
businesses: housekeeping services, custom lampshade design, home decor
boutique, family mediation, legal document preparation, wedding
officiant (www.Idotoday.com), house sitting services, and credit
restoration (www.SCRnow.com) - all while raising and mentoring four
children and five grandchildren. Jacqueline knows what it takes to
build a successful and profitable business and has experienced it all
- from initial concept and struggling start-up, to full-service and
profitable reality. She is an inspirational speaker and wise advisor
who thoroughly understands the daily challenges entrepreneurs face.
Thomas: Media Expert
Krystal Jalene Thomas is an award
winning television, web and new media producer. Through her banner
Pooka Ventures, she serves as a creative producer and strategic
consultant to television, new media and Fortune 500 brands that drive
entertainment. With over a decade of experience, her rare
combination of creative talent and business savvy has benefited
companies such as Disney, Showtime, PBS, and BMW.
The former IBM
Organizational Change Consultant has also been a long time advocate in
the effort to better lives in the workplace. Today, Krystal works one
on one with individuals in career transition.
Adapt! will give you an
edge in today's competitive economy.
Even in a normal economy, it is difficult to
find a keep a good job or to build a profitable business. In a more
difficult economy, it is essential that you create and maintain an edge over
your competition, whether in business or in the job market.
We will show you how to:
- Know what you want when entering or
re-entering the job market
- Re-create your current job to make it
- Recognize new opportunities after a job
- Stay relevant as things change
- Set yourself apart from the competition
- Survive and thrive through transitions
- Understand how your career may continue
- Look forward to going to work on Monday
will you choose - to be a casualty of the new economy or one of its success
Your decisions over the next few months
will have a profound impact on not just your future but on your family's
future. Don't wait until you are forced to make a choice. Now is the time to
prepare for whatever the future holds for you.
Adapt! is designed to give
you the information you need now to start planning for your future. It is
always better to know exactly how you will handle a future change whether
voluntary or involuntary, than to come home one day and have to tell your
spouse and children that you have lost your job and have no idea what you
will do now. Don't face that moment unprepared.
How much is your family's future
worth? How much is your future worth? The few dollars you will
invest in this book will more than repay themselves in renewed hope.
There is help available. All
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their jobs through no fault of their own. Millions are on
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