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Okay, here's the deal: You get a FREE career management e-book that normally costs $55.00. All you have to do is email us (at firstname.lastname@example.org) 5 work emails (ex. [email_address] -- Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail emails are not accepted) and we will email you the $55 e-book for FREE! Note : The 5 emails MUST belong to people that you know and trust.
Question: Wait, why are you giving away a $55 e-book for FREE? What's the catch? There's no catch. I want as many people on Earth to know about and benefit from the powerful Ideal Career Framework (ICF) developed from 2000 to 2005, and launched in August 2005.
Question: But what is this Ideal Career Framework exactly? It's a methodology that allows a person to DESIGN his/her ideal career, by using the four fundamental dimensions of every human being: passion, talent, service and purpose (or meaning).
Question: By the way, who are you? My name is Peter Nguyen. To make a long story short, my life started in a Hong Kong hospital in May 1975. My family and I had just fled in extremis Saigon, Vietnam, because the country fell into Communist hands on April 30, 1975. Anyways, in that hospital room, as a five-year-old boy, I swore REVENGE. But I don't want to bore you with my story, I will upload a separate presentation (just look for it by clicking on “More by user”).
Question: How will the ICF e-book help me in my career? First of all, using the ICF, you can SEE your career for the very first time! Right now, you might think of your career as an ongoing activity, a series of jobs you've had in the past, etc. But that's not your career. That's only the footprints left by your career. Your actual career is “you in the holy process of becoming your true self.”
Question: Whoa! That's heavy-duty spiritual stuff! What exactly do you mean? Your career is your whole being acting in and on the world. And your whole being consists of our fundamental dimensions: your emotional self, your intellectual self, your spiritual self and your social self.
Question: Er, I think I knew about those dimensions of myself before... Of course, you do. We're aware of our emotions, we know we have a brain and use it (well, most of us anyways!). We also feel spiritual at times, this sense of being connected to other human beings. And we are definitely social beings. We like parties, we like to hang out with friends, etc.
Question: So what's the problem? The problem is that work has evolved to a point where we have been forced to give up our EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL selves when we enter the modern office. Many of us have even given up using our INTELLECT at the workplace. We merely execute prewritten and prescribed procedures and routines. In short, we are losing ourselves at work!
Question: What does that mean? It means people are being treated like things, and not like people. So naturally, people resent that. The result is employee disengagement. That is, people are present PHYSICALLY, but they are not really there. They coined a word for it: “presentism.” Of course, companies lose big time because they are unable to tap into people's motivation and passion and sense of pride.
Question: Do you actually have facts about this problem? Here's a summary of an article in the March 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review on "Managing Middlescence": Midcareer employees – those between 35 and 54 – make up more than half the workforce. One in 4 has managerial or supervisory responsibility. In June 2004, Concours Group conducted a survey with Harris Interactive of more than 7,700 U.S. Workers, and found that people in this age group... · Work longer hours than their older and younger counterparts, with 30% saying they put in 50 or more hours per week · Only 43 are passionate about their jobs
· 33% feel energized by their work · 36% say they feel they are in dead-end jobs · More than 40% report feelings of burnout Only 1 in 3 agrees that top management displays integrity or commitment to employee development, and 1 in 4 often disagrees with the organization's policies on important employee matters. One in 5 is seeking opportunities in other organizations, and a similar percentage are looking for a major career change. But 85% believe that career changes are very difficult these days. Family and financial pressures outside work make them conservative in their career choices, and many cannot afford moves that would involve cuts in pay or benefits.
Question: So what's your theory about this growing disenchantment at the workplace? The main problem is that people are not LISTENED TO. Nobody cares about what people really want or how they feel. Despite the lip service being paid, employers only want employees to do the job they've been hired to do. The subjective aspects of people (their passion, their self-worth, the sense of purpose, etc.) have been largely ignored.
Question: But is it really management's job to make sure people are happy? Aren't people responsible for that? You're right, people are responsible for managing their own motivation and attitude, and also for continually developing their strengths so they can better contribute to the company's success. But the main problem is that until now, people did not have an integrated set of career management tools.
Question: And I suppose the ICF provides that integrated set of tools? Not exactly. The Ideal Career Framework first of all simply points out to people the four fundamental dimensions in themselves that they should respect. In our personal lives, we tend to respect our emotions, our sense of moral duty, etc. But at the workplace, we often behave like as if feelings don't matter, or that one's conscience doesn't have a place in the tough world of business.
So basically, the ICF argues that humans – you and I – are WHOLE beings. We cannot just ignore our emotions 9 to 5, and we cannot just ignore our spiritual longing for work that's truly worth doing. The ICF helps people to clearly see those four dimensions and to think and act in accordance with those sacred dimensions of what it means to be human.
Afterwards, once we've acknowledged those four fundamental dimensions of humanity, we can then sit down and plan. Unfortunately, a lot of people jump into the career management game too early, and usually focus purely on the external aspect such as salary surveys, benefits, “where the good jobs are,” etc. In so doing, they neglect to focus on their subjective aspects such as passion and meaning.
Question: This is fascinating! So how do I get a FREE copy of the ICF e-book? Just use your work email to send me 5 work emails of friends or relatives you care about, and I will email you the e-book (in PDF format). For further information: Peter Nguyen at [email_address] . Please visit Talentelle, the company I co-founded with my sister Zoonie: www.talentelle.com