The pandemic amplified something that was coming out in the workforce anyway…work-life balance issues. As many of you know, I am a huge card sort fan and Anush Hansen took my Facilitating Career Development (FCD) class a few years ago and she was introduced to Knowdells Skill Card Sort in my class. She was “hooked.”
Shortly after that, Anush began to see many of these work-life balance issues in her clients and decided to create her Balanced Card Sorts. I used a draft version with a client and he loved them! It helped him make a career decision he was struggling with for weeks.
My guests today are Anush Hansen, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Career Counselor, and the owner of Balanced Card Sorts; and Laurie Stickels, a Career Specialist at Harvard University who using the card sorts in her practice.
Today I ask my guests
Question 1: As career coaches dealing with the Great Reshuffle, many people are asking themselves questions about work-life balance…. How do the Balanced Card Sorts help people navigate this question?
Question 2: What do you think are the benefits to using an actual card sort vs just talking about this issue?
Question 3: What are some success stories you can share?
Anush Hansen, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Career Counselor, and the owner of Kennebunk Career & Wellness Counseling. She is also the owner of Balanced Card Sorts, the creator of the Work-Life Balance Assessment, and the developer of the Career Counseling Connection online directory. Anush holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Learn more ab out her and the cards at www.balancedcardsorts.com
Laurie Stickels is a Career Specialist at Harvard University. In this role she designs and delivers programming for staff to identify key strengths and set career goals. Laurie has a master’s Degree from Emerson College, a bachelor’s degree from Cornell, and graduate certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College. She is experienced with a range of assessment tools including Myers Briggs Step I and Step II, CliftonStrengths, VIA Character Strengths and SkillScan.
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a weekly email for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move and The Adventure of Finding Me in New Zealand. He is also the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth C. Hoyt Award from the National Career Development Association and the Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association’s Professional Contribution’s Award in 2020.
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