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A Career Journey. …More Than a Series of Jobs Jerry Toomer April, 2012. The Next 15 Minutes. Share career choices and experiences Why I am doing what I am doing….now Implications for your career choices and opportunities. Early Choices.

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a career journey

A Career Journey

…More Than a Series of Jobs

Jerry Toomer

April, 2012

the next 15 minutes
The Next 15 Minutes
  • Share career choices and experiences
  • Why I am doing what I am doing….now
  • Implications for your career choices and opportunities
early choices
Early Choices
  • Education level (and career achievement ) are closely related to mother’s education & influence
  • Being a dentist would be cool…well maybe not?…technical / scientific choices are often made early
  • I did not want to stay in a small town or on the farm: I knew more clearly what I did not want to do
  • Community influence & early role models
  • Psychology undergraduate; Wartburg College
  • Influential role model (DrFruehling); leadership opportunities continued in College
  • Counseling Psychology PhD program at U of Iowa: ‘top ten’ program. Serendipity.
  • Go forth and teach
  • Go forth and do research, receive grants, publish or…..
the first of three careers 4 years at american university dc
The First of Three Careers (4 years at American University, DC)
  • ….or perish… “I perished”
  • Loved teaching and outside consulting; immensely disliked University politics, inefficiencies, pressure to publish “stuff”
  • Where can I do what I like to do?
  • Ahh….government or business settings ?
  • Searching (of soul and job market)
  • The Right Fit: Under the clock at the St Francis Hotel in SF
a second career 25 years with dow
A Second Career….(25 years with Dow)
  • The meeting at the clock in the lobby

“Yes” !!

  • Dow Chemical Company, Michigan

…..the “front door” for the job was:

    • Employee Assistance
    • Training and Development
    • Selection
a second career
A Second Career
  • I can work under “one umbrella” and essentially change jobs every 3-4 years if I perform well !
  • Labor relations, recruiting, generalist HR work, compensation technology, coaching of mid-level managers and senior leaders re: people issues
  • Strategic Human Resources leadership in a new era: a full partner at the leadership table
a second career reflecting
A Second Career….reflecting
  • Hey, I’m pretty good at this leadership stuff
  • I can press my ideas tactfully, advocate for constructive change and be rewarded
  • I really like working in teams, and with teams
  • I wonder how influential I can be within Dow?
  • Hmmmm…..I’d love to lead Human Resources for a major segment of the organization
you sometimes get what you ask for and more
You Sometimes Get What You Ask For….and More
  • Compensation Design Director for Dow
  • HR Director for Dow’s Ag business
  • A Joint Venture with Eli Lilly’s Ag business
  • And….Whooops.

“They” (my bosses) had not forgotten that I was willing to go overseas. Succession planning at work !

  • Hong Kong: a four year post-doc
    • 14 countries
    • Full HR breadth
    • Quality Performance
a second career closes
A Second Career Closes
  • VP of Global Human Resources and Site Ops for Dow AgroSciences (1995-2003)
    • 5000+ employees
    • 40+ countries
  • 12+ acquisitions or joint ventures
  • Applied Human Resources….another post – doc ! I never had a day when I did not want to get out of bed and go to work. How lucky.
    • Note to self: keep learning !
ahh finally a third career
Ahh…Finally, A Third Career
  • Do what I want to do, on my own terms, and work less than 60-70 hours per week!
  • I love the university setting: Butler University
    • Executive in Residence program
    • Teaching at the MBA level
    • Real Life, Real Business
    • Support Faculty

…And, I formed my own consulting practice / LLC: Executive Coaching, Strategic HR, Organization Effectiveness, plus YourEncore,Inc

a third career
A Third Career
  • Publish….And not Perish….(thank you very much)

….do some writing and research “on my own terms”

    • Leadership. Eg.Battier Effect; Butler Leadership 360.
    • Take my “Academic Summers” in Arizona from December-April: teach during the summer/fall.
    • Morning Coffee and Reflection
a third career1
A Third Career
  • Happy as a Pig in the Mud. (Maybe I am really farming again?)
  • Positively influence students, faculty, not -for – profit and business leaders, peers
  • Big Brother to Malcolm for 8 years
  • Board work: Jordan College of Fine Arts; Center for Faith and Vocation; Church
a fourth career
A Fourth Career?
  • More of the same…..I think.
    • But what about teaching overseas?
    • What about opening a school in partnership with my son in Indonesia?
    • What about writing a book?
    • What about…….?

….Ahhh…..Those enticing “Bubbles of Interest”

thank you and what about you
Thank you…….and what about YOU?
  • Which career are you in, and why?
  • What are your core skills? And how can you build on them to meet market needs?
  • What is unique about you…and how can you brand this?
  • What have you learned in this program that you can leverage?
additional skill development and or certification some ideas
Additional Skill Development and/or Certification….some ideas
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • World at Work (compensation/benefits/workforce issues)
  • Society for Human Resource Development (human resource skills in a wide range of areas)
  • American Productivity Council (Quality Perf)
  • Coaching Certification (numerous programs)