IMPORTANT note: This coaching practice is closed. I have retired to all but former clients and am not able to take on any new clients. I am sorry I can’t be of service to you.  A referral for you: Stacey Lane in Portland. I have met her, have respect for her, and find her approaches similar to mine.

BooksK.C Anderson Consulting Resources

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, 2016.

Two Stanford professors take you through the “Design Your Life” class that they offer to the students at Stanford’s D-(design) school. This is an easy read with exercises, but its approach is actionable, realistic and mind-widening. This would be my first choice recommendation for those eager to discover a new career path but without much of an idea where to start.  To give you a taste, the 5 “mind sets” that the authors work with are: Curiosity, Bias to action, Reframing, Awareness and Radical collaboration. 


The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, 2012

The authors (one of whom is Chair of LinkedIn) frame career strategy as an entrepreneurial effort with the wise perspective of taking ownership for defining your assets and aspirations. What stands out from other career books is that they also emphasize integrating market realities in your strategy. It is worth reading the first part of this book just for a clear explanation of finding your own “competitive advantage”. One of the great accelerators in landing well is doing the work to identify the niche in the marketplace where the value of your talents is highest and most needed. The steps are laid out well for you here.

The Pathfinder
Nicholas Lore, 2011.

Reading this book for the first time was like discovering “What Color is Your Parachute?” for the first time. It’s a similarly easy read (though a hefty sized book) with an introductory section followed by many self-surveys that can be illuminating. Looking at “Natural Roles” brings a unique perspective not seen in many other career books. Gratefully, Lore includes a short section on “Putting it All Together” as does Bolles in Parachute so you can lay out possible roles.  This is a good beginning for those who are beginning their careers or career changers who don’t have much of an idea which direction to go. 


Strategies for Successful Career Change
Martha Mangelsdorf, 2009.

A well-written book that is both thought-provoking and practical. Mangesldorf addresses the wide range of issues that people may cope with during periods of career transition. She understands how both serendipity and hard work play key roles. This is a great guide for anyone considering career change – with or without a career coach.


What Color is Your Parachute? and
What Color is Your Parachute? Job-Hunters’ Workbook

Richard Bolles, 2017.

Parachute first came out in 1970 and is republished annually. Miraculously, it has remained current, relevant and consistently sound in its advice about job hunting. The Workbook walks you through Bolles’ famous “Flower” exercise. That exercise was the foundation of my 2nd successful career transition, almost 30 years ago.


Strengthsfinder 2.0 (2007)

This assessment is a Wall Street Journal and Business Week best seller developed by Gallup to help people discover their talents. The report gives you your Top 5 talents (of 34). I use it with many of my clients and find it accurate and helpful in validating and explaining the ways each of us “shows up” in the work we do. You must buy the book first in order to get the code for the online assessment and report. I give the books to my clients.


Claiming Your Place at the Fire
Richard Leider and David Shapiro, 2004.

A deep and thoughtful treasure of a book written for those entering the “2nd half of their lives”, but whose lessons on identity, community, passion and purpose are universal.


You Majored in What? / Mapping your Path from Chaos to Career (2009)
Katharine Brooks

Dr. Brooks is a nationally known career counselor and has written one of the best books I have read for recent grads. She uses data on how college grads really find jobs (according to statistics) and relieves the reader from thinking that finding a job or career after college should be linear. Well written and encouraging, it is packed with practical tools.


Finding Your Own North Star (2002)
Martha Beck

Dr. Beck has written this engaging deeper look into our life and career. If you are at a major transition point, this might help you find an inner voice that hasn’t been heard before.


Cool Careers for Dummies(R), 3rd edition, 2007
Marty Nemko

This “Dummies(R)” book is especially helpful for new grads. Marty Nemko is a well known career coach based in the San Francisco Bay area and this very practical book includes information on figuring out “who you are” and a long listing of possible careers in the Yellow Pages section that goes well beyond the standard fare.




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