Josh Gibson, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His clinical work focuses on the neurobiology of relationships. Prior to becoming a psychiatrist, he was a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), specializing for nearly five years in process re-engineering, organization development, and education design and delivery. He consulted to multiple Fortune 500 companies in the retail, financial services and healthcare industries and now works directly with executives regarding relationship issues in the workplace.
Dr. Gibson approached me to review Careers–A Brainwise Guide to Finding Fulfillment at Work as it would fit the this blog for job seekers. I was intrigued as what five psychiatrists would have to say about careers. The book is published through the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, a non-profit organization I found the book to give sound career advice with a good balance of how we think and what would should apply. It is also entertaining as the photos associated with each section had swig of mirth.
Here is an outline of our conversation:
- Dr. Gibson shared how the project cam about and the goal with this offering this perspective
- A significant section of the book I thought was about risk. In the book he said, “Fulfilled people seem to intuitively understand that “hap-piness” shares a common root with the words hap-less” and “hap-hazard.” Is there a difference between an unfulfilled person’s attitude toward his or her career versus a fulfilled person? He gave us specific examples of this.
- I shared that in my coaching sessions with job seekers, I try to purge the desperation out of the search. I asked, “Perhaps defining where people are in life as far as fulfillment will tell me how far they go in finding a job?”
- I asked, “Does our brain decide how much risk we can handle, or whether we are fulfilled enough to risk rejection, or the unknown?”
- We talked about the connection with fulfillment and failure and whether it was necessary and why