Change SIG - 6/25/2021

06/25/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

What's Age Got To Do With It?
A Field Guide To "More Experienced" Professional Help

.Facilitated by Julie Mitchell, MA
(8:30-10:30 AM - bring your own coffee/tea and snacks).

Based on recent data from interviews with TODN members and other midcareer professionals ages 32-50, Julie has updated a program she first presented 25 years ago on coach/client fit. Join us as we explore work-related helping relationships, focusing on if, and when, the client or consultant's age, career stage, or specific qualifications are significant. We'll dive into subjective criteria, too, including how perceptions of "wisdom" and "experience" on both sides may or may not result in a good match.

In this participative program we will focus on characteristics of high value interpersonal relationships from both sides: The guide or advisor, and a person screening or hiring help for self (or on behalf of others). Julie will summarize research findings and share her interviewees' stories of amazing successes and disappointing failures.

Following this session you should have a deeper, more nuanced understanding of what to consider when seeking potential helpers or facilitating good fit with prospective clients. Age and wisdom do make a difference in some cases, saving time, money, and careers... yet, there are notable exceptions!

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Julie Mitchell, founder of CoachWalks®, has 34 years' experience hiring just right (and two very wrong) helpers to support her evolving work as a learner-teacher, organizational change consultant, retreat facilitator, communication and presentation skills expert and pioneer in the "walking meetings" movement.

Julie is a lifelong learner who counts on trustworthy guidance. The first seasoned consultant she hired helped Julie survive the early years of self-employment. Julie continued hiring "older and wiser" advisors for support at critical times, discovering "younger and smarter" was a better fit in some situations. Locally, Julie has happily paid six professionals of various ages for support. She met three of them through TODN.

Julie was asked to coach her first executive client in 1987, when she was only 28. He was 46, recently promoted into a leadership role at a Fortune 500 company. Since then, she has served over 1200 individual clients, from a 16-year-old high school student activist to a candidate running for office for the first time at age 82.

For more about Julie visit her LinkedIn profile:

NOTE 1: HELP NEEDED: Are you good at producing a Zoom program (i.e., 'behind the scenes' work: setting up production agenda, leading run-through  in week of Change SIG, guiding, timing, turning slides - the things our wonderful producer Debbie Morris usually does? Contact Mary Charles 919-656-9573
Debbie will be away for July and August, returning for our September program

NOTE 2: Change SIG BACK on regular 4th FRIDAY as Southwest moved flight departure over an hour later. 
NOTE 3: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (July-August-October).

For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

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