I'm reading the book "One person/ multiple careers.
A new model for work/life success."
I’m fascinated by the concept. It appeals to me personally and I'm convinced it can redefine how we leverage talent in the 21st century.
Many of the people working with our start up Talent Revolution Inc.
have slash/careers and so far it’s been a success.
One example is Leigh Caraccioli
. Leigh owns her own company fleur de leigh photography
, she’s a brilliant up and coming photographer and a passionate talent agent for Talent Revolution
. TR not only benefits from her talents as our exclusive photographer, we also capitalize from her personal skills and strengths in the work she does with talent acquisition. I can only see upside to encouraging and supporting LC on her destined path to becoming a world famous photog.
To be a slash friendly employer you have to be open minded to work arrangements like flexible work schedules including job share programs and in cases like ours virtual work office arrangements. It also means managing and compensating based on results vs. a time clock.
For an individual it means being able to leverage your strengths and talents, having a diverse work life and be engaged in the things you’re most passionate about.
Not all employers have this abundant mentality. In fact when I was on the “job market” I was talking with a pretty big restaurant concept, I communicated to the hiring manager that I wanted to continue speaking and doing volunteer work for a youth leadership training organization. The guy was turned off by that and told me it would be a conflict of interest. I politely declined any further discussions about the opportunity.
From the book:
"A single fixed identity is a liability today. It only makes people more vulnerable to sudden changes in economic conditions. The most successful and healthy among us now develop multiple identities, managed simultaneously, to be called upon as conditions change. Recent research suggest that developing multiple identities is one of the best buffers we can erect against mental and physical illness."
- Gail Sheehy, New Passages: Mapping your Life Across Time
Multiple careers seem like a great way to avoid burnout or to keep a safe job and venture into something more risky.
I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts on multiple careers? Is your employer a slash-friendly employer?
a drastic change in thinking and behaving with talent