This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.

Middle Rhythms: Nontraditional Paths
Middle rhythms: Nontraditional paths

Working as a Consultant

Although not born to consulting, I did have some flair for the work. In high school, for instance, I sold shoes, and in college I hawked magazines. Besides skills at selling (which is not to say marketing, positioning, networking, and such), I also got comfortable and reasonably skillful at diagnosing problems in organizations, helping people understand their situations, and at planning and implementing change—all acquired under the mantle of “action research.”

Philip H. Mirvis (p. 362)

I know my consulting is enhanced by my academic ties. I don't see the two as incompatible, as many of my colleagues do. … If anything, I have learned more that continues to inform my career choices and deliberations from my ...

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