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"Use Mitchell's 10 makes-sense laws as your guide to opportunity..."
-Palm Beach Post

"Mitchell's advice is spot on."
-Dallas Morning News

"Pamela Mitchell, CEO of the Reinvention Institute, expertly pairs personal stories of career 180s with practical advice for how you, too, can veer off course-and still be OK. She doesn't promise it'll be easy, but of all the useful tools she offers, her honesty is the best."
-Harvard Business Review

"After reading Pamela Mitchell's book, I am left with an overwhelming feeling that anyone can reinvent their careers and their lives by following this simple step-by-step instruction manual. Easy to Read, Easy to Follow, Easy to Succeed..."
-Norm Brodsky, Senior Contributing Editor INC. Magazine, author of The Knack

"Pamela Mitchell's book is like having your own personal reinvention coach! She takes you on as a client, fully engaging you with fascinating examples of real-life career transformations and outlining, step-by-step, how you can recreate their success for yourself. Without pulling punches, she shines a light on the fears that block your reinvention and powerfully challenges you to give up the excuses that get in your way. She gives you the information you need to start on your journey, and cheers you on every step of the way. Move over What Color is Your Parachute?--this book is the new go-to-guide for career changers!"
-Lauren Doliva, Managing Partner, Chief Advisor Network, Heidrick & Struggles

"In The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention, Pamela Mitchell shares the secret strategies that successful reinventors use to land on their feet, even in turbulent times. If you want a practical plan for a richer career and life--in any kind of job market--read this book."
-Barbara Stanny, bestselling author of Secrets of Six Figure Women and Overcoming Underearning(r).

"It's never too late to re-write your script...and Pamela Mitchell is the perfect person to show you how. If The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention doesn't make you stop worrying about the future and start taking action to create your dream, nothing will."
-Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Stop Sabotaging Your Career and Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

About the Author

Pamela Mitchell, CLC, is a coach, public speaker, and media personality who has reinvented her own career several times and codified the laws that can help anyone through the process. She's the founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute, a dynamic organization devoted to helping successful professionals transform their careers. She has appeared on the Today Show and been profiled or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, More, BusinessWeek, Men's Health, Good Housekeeping and Black Enterprise.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951466
  • ASIN: B0040RMFBG
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former entertainment exec turned coach Pamela Mitchell is founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute, a dynamic organization devoted to individual transformation. She is a popular and in-demand speaker who gives talks around the country to individuals, corporations and industry groups who are interested in learning fresh strategies for navigating in the midst of change. As the nation's premier career reinvention expert, she has appeared on the Today Show and been profiled and quoted in top media publications including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, More, Men's Health, Good Housekeeping and Black Enterprise. She is the author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy (Dutton, January 2010).

Prior to founding The Reinvention Institute, Ms. Mitchell spent nearly fifteen years in senior-level positions leading international business development and relationship management for high-profile media and entertainment companies. Her roles included serving as Vice President of International for Playboy.com, and Director of Sales and Marketing for Europe, Latin America, Africa/Middle East for Discovery Channel's consumer products group. Prior to Discovery she spent five years on Wall Street, where she managed international partnerships for the financial information division of Knight-Ridder.

In addition to being a certified coach, Ms. Mitchell has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the top international business school, Thunderbird. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the coaching industry's top professional organization.

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Pamela Mitchell's new book offers a welcome alternative.
A. Wilcox
I picked up this book expecting to scan it for a few helpful ideas, but I found the writing to be quite compelling and ended up reading the book carefully in full.
Diane
Still, this book is one of the best career books I've seen in a long time.
Dr. Cathy Goodwin

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
So far I've found two career books to recommend: Working Identity (Herminia Ibarra) and Finding Your Own North Star (Martha Beck). Now I'm adding this one to the list. Beck focuses mostly on choosing what you want; Ibarra talks about the search process. This book is somewhere in between. Beck has more exercises for choosing a career and Ibarra goes into the process differently. I'd work with all three.

The title is unwieldy and the book takes a serious, no-nonsense approach. Mitchell focuses on exploring options. Much of her advice seems based on taking a sales approach; she even refers to "career reinvention materials."

Mitchell doesn't have a lot of soul-searching exercises, like "What should be on my tombstone." She invites readers to heed their intuition. Like Martha Beck, she believes the body knows more than the mind: if you find yourself feeling ill when you contemplate a type of work, it's time for a move.

Nor does she spend a lot of time on the trappings of a career search, such as resumes. In fact, if you need to write a resume, she invites you to download samples from her company's website.

Some useful points:

Career reinvention takes chronological time. She points out that many career-changers think "six weeks" when they should be thinking "six months." I would agree more with Ibarra in Working Identity, who says three years is not unusual.

Besides chronological time, you need time during your week. One of my own clients said she could talk to me on Sunday evenings at 6 PM Eastern. Her weekdays were completely taken. She was too busy to change careers; she needed to take an interim job that would free up her hours.

Functional fear versus dysfunctional fear.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane on April 2, 2010
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I picked up this book expecting to scan it for a few helpful ideas, but I found the writing to be quite compelling and ended up reading the book carefully in full. The writer has a wide variety of experiences which have given her fresh perspectives on what it takes to be satisfied with, and therefore successful in, a career. She asks us to look at who we are, what we want, and why we want it, and challenges us to question certain assumptions about ourselves. She also gives the reader very useful tools to help assess abilities and develop strategies. Throughout it all, she makes the book real by sharing her own ups and downs in her careers and reinventions. This is a well-written, carefully organized book. I think that it would be helpful not only to those thinking of career reinvention, but also to young people who are choosing majors, selecting graduate schools, or in other ways making early career decisions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diana Fletcher, Author, Life Coach & Speaker on May 12, 2010
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I started reading this book and could not put it down. Pamela Mitchell has an amazing sense of what people are really going through in their search for true fulfillment in their work and in their lives. She offers so many practical strategies and in a do-able order. Her "extras" at the back of the book and available on her website offer huge value to the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who is "searching" and is ready to work with a powerful plan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilcox on January 4, 2010
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These days changing jobs often means changing careers; a prospect that can seem daunting for mid-career professionals unwilling (and who could blame them) to chuck their years of experience and begin a new career at the apprentice-level. Pamela Mitchell's new book offers a welcome alternative. In clear, concise, and compelling writing she outlines the 10 Laws of Renivention necessary to successfully re-route your life, meet your goals, and get the career you've always wanted. Each "Law" is paired with a real-life case-study drawn from her years of work as the founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute. You're likely to recognize yourself in more than a few of these stories. Best of all, her no-nonsense strategy is smart, sensible, and attainable; a welcome change from the usual pseudo-, psycho-, new-age, "think-yourself-into-a-new-job" approach that round out so many other career development books. Don't expect sample cover letters or tips and tricks for the perfect interview but, if you're serious about getting an upper hand in this very challenging economy, check out this straight-talking career specialist and her thoroughly enjoyable and eminently helpful guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackie A. Parker on February 9, 2010
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I found Pamela's book to be an excellent read and highly recommend it to anyone who is in the process of career reinvention. It has the ability to allow one self to look to reconnect with that part of one's self that has been lost, forgotten, or put on a back shelf due to the daily grind of life and use these new found gifts to design and create a strategy to reinvent oneself in a way that honors one's values, aspirations, and life purpose. The companion workbook included a series of exercises which put each Chapter's content into practice by allowing one to discover an awareness of their inner-most values, innate gifts and life purpose and integrating this new awareness into current career goals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2010
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I usually don't do reviews often, mainly because I'm not a writer, or maybe it's because I have nothing to write. However, this book is the one of the best books I read in a while. I give it 2 thumbs up for the Arther, she is great. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you trying to re-invent your thought process and changing careers.
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