Defining Your Career Use Case

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich on A former student of mine, who know works on mentoring initiatives for PeopleGrove, recently shared an article that really got me thinking about how little we do to help students conceptualize what they want out of their career. For our Life Design Summer Institute curriculum, we use Johann Neem's... Continue Reading →

5 Common Pitfalls in Defining the Problem

In my experience working with students as both an academic adviser and as a Life Design Educator, I’ve observed that students often stumble into a few common pitfalls when trying to define the problem facing them. These include: Defining a problem as an either/or question. Should I work at Google or Facebook? Pursue academia or... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Defining the Problem

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the “DEFINE” step in the Design Thinking process. With everything going on in our lives, it’s tempting to speed through this step and start generating ideas and potential prototypes. I’m guilty of this in my own workshops and programs, often devoting only a couple of minutes to defining... Continue Reading →

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