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Tech Grief: Survive and Thrive Through Career Losses Paperback – January 8, 2014
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Linda Donovan is the owner of Thought Leadership Success, LLC, and has a strong background in technology. She is also an experienced grief support volunteer for Hospice of Santa Cruz County, where she helps people move through the stages of grief with compassion. She has worked in the software industry for 15 years, which include positions in strategic marketing, IT, and marketing communications. Donovan launched, managed, and led an industry-recognized thought leadership program focused on cloud computing, mainframe management, IT service management, SaaS, and other key topics. She also worked for telecommunications and aerospace companies and taught courses at three universities. An avid writer, Donovan has developed a variety of technology books and many of her articles have appeared in leading technology publications worldwide. Her communications strategies on IT cultural change were recognized in a case study by the Harvard Business Review.
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Read Tech Grief to gain not only ways to cope but insights on what you can do to transform yourself into your next chapter. The book dealt with those steps of grief but the case stories gave you a lot of ideas of what you can do next for yourself other then update your LinkedIn, network and apply for jobs. You can consider consulting for a while to you figure out your next act or consult continually; start your own business/consulting firm; change your career, or the traditional look for another job.
It was nice to have a different type of book take you to a step where you have the option to transform. You can empower yourself rather then just feel like you are the mercy of hunting for another FTE. It's hard but take sometime to breathe and consider options as you finally have some time now to do so (but believe me I get how different it is after decades of working and to just halt-it's hard to put yourself in the position to smell the roses when you have bills to pay, but realize when unemployed there are benefits out there for you to utilize. That's why take the time so you can see or find those options for you).
Also considered is Maslow's hierarchy of needs as applied to a job change or loss. It's been a while since I thought about Maslow's hierarchy of needs or Kubler-Ross's 5 stages of grief. But I found it to be a very logical approach that connected with my analytical techie side and helped explain clearly why certain emotions are reasonable and necessary to focus on in order to grow from a difficult experience.
The book's emphasis is on self-care. But it's not always obvious the self needs care and so this book goes into detail about the myriad situations that develop along a tech career, like mergers and reorgs. Concepts include how to avoid alienating people while you adjust to your career change so you don't jeopardize your livelihood; for example, vent in a journal and not on LinkedIn.
There are so many little questions in dealing with tech job loss and this book goes over as many answers as can fit into 169 pages. Concepts and examples explain and then demonstrate as the guidance rolls out across the pages. I saw something of myself in just about every example. The thing I got the most out of the book was essentially a permission to have reactions to life's losses, and encouragement to find constructive outlets for them. The corporate tech world rewards those who appear imperturbable. We squelch our natural reactions to our own detriment and need to consider our natural needs.
Tech grief is an advice manual. The end result of taking the advice is to not only move on but move up. Reading through the stages to the end, where healing and happiness can occur, almost made a loss or layoff seem exciting and fun--certainly something to look forward to. It's a long way from the initial shock of the loss to this positive outlook and I think Tech Grief is helpful even for people outside the tech world.
The authors guide us through real-world experiences and provide guidance and specific actions to cope effectively and respond with a positive attitude and a clear plan to overcome obstacles and re-energize your career.
It is important information as a large part of managing your career and seeking new employment can be a lonely mission. This book provides smart, sensitive and effective help and solutions for all of us.
I recommend it to all of my career coaching clients.