Designing Our Work & Life in the Time of Covid-19

The past few weeks have been truly surreal. It is hard to come to terms with a reality where even going to the store requires a series of decisions that have impact on our personal health, the well-being of our loved ones, and our community as a whole. Terms such as sheltering in place, social distancing, and Covid-19 have become part of our everyday vernacular.

Many of us may have loved ones who are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are in professions such as healthcare where they are on the front lines of this pandemic. Others of us are fortunate in that we are in professions where we can “work from home” and “shelter in place.” Online learning has become the new normal for everyone from kindergarteners to adults. For many it can be challenging. We all learn in different ways. Some are tactile learners, while others are auditory learners.

In an effort to provide information in a meaningful way, I am launching a series of courses on topics that I have been trained including leadership development, adult learning, career planning, and managing change effectively. My expertise over the past 30 years has been focused on working with executives, managers and front-line employees in the corporate arena. In addition, for the past 17 years I have worked with individuals who want to enhance their effectiveness in their chosen career.

I am going to do what I know best – share my knowledge and expertise with others. Some of my offerings will be workshops while others will be book reviews and articles. In addition, I plan to offer coaching and personality assessments online including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory, the Enneagram and others.

I am not sure where this journey will lead. My hope is that we will all learn something along the way that will help work through this difficult time and perhaps learn a new skill that we can apply once we get through this challenging time.

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

The first program is going to be a review of two books by Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. The first is listed below. My plan is to cover 2-3 chapters per week and share the learnings via videos and webcasts.


After completing their first book, I will move on to their second book, which was published in February of 2020, “Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work and Home.”


Learning Journey

I hope you will enjoy this learning journey. Like you, I will be learning along the way. Learning about myself, new technology, new ways of living and working. And together, we will get through this challenging time.

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