Did you happen to notice that recession we had a couple of years ago? Maybe you were affected? A job loss, career loss, house loss? Times have been changing for a long time. Finally, for us knuckleheads who hadn't been paying attention, the Universe said enough, and slapped that recession on us.
One major change is how and where we work. I highly encourage you to tune into the change...lest the Universe decides to become impatient with us again. Pam Slim is dialed in. In Body of Work, Pam clearly articulates how we need to approach our work and career.
The simplistic beauty behind Body of Work is how it helps us mine our past and direct our future. It is doable.
To better assist my own learning, I decided to write more of a summation than a book review.
For the individual, here is Pam's definition of body of work:
Your body of work is everything you create, contribute, affect and impact. It is the personal legacy you leave at the end of your life, including all the tangible and intangible things you have created. Individuals who structure their careers around autonomy, mastery and purpose will have a powerful body of work.
Since your body of work is relative to your schooling, self-education, life / work experiences, skills, talents, jobs, volunteer work, stuff you've created, built and or improved, I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from reading Pam's book.
If you are still in school (14 years or older) or recently graduated, Body of Work will help you navigate the road ahead. If you are older, Body of Work will help assess where you've been, explore areas of related interest and help you weave them together in a thread of commonality and sense.
Pam uses an interactive style, explorative exercises and includes personal experience along with other people's stories as she teaches us how to build a body of work through the following eight chapters:
- Define Your Roots
- Name Your Ingredients
- Choose Your Work Mode
- Create and Innovate
- Surf the Fear
- Your Definition of Success
- Share Your Story
Define Your Roots - Pam defines our roots as the purpose, beliefs and convictions that provide the foundation for our body of work. They keep us strong and stable when facing career challenges and remind us why it is important to keep moving through adversity. They provide depth and meaning to our creative process and remind us why it is important to chase the things we want to create. A section on how to identify our roots is included.
Name Your Ingredients - Pam defines our ingredients as the skills, strengths, experiences, identity, and knowledge that we have gained throughout the course of our lives. They make us uniquely capable and interesting. Ingredients are grouped into six categories. Roles, skills, strengths, experience, values and scars. They are then identified by asking relative questions. An example is, "what measurable skills do you have?"