Ground of Your Own Choosing
The clarity and wisdom in this book are amazing. Beverly Ryle reframes the task of finding work in a practical way that fits current times and helps the reader to be optimistic, proactive, and even excited about it. Chapter Four, “Throw Out Your Resume and Stop Networking,” is worth the price of the book in itself. Ground of Your Own Choosing will be highly valuable to career counselors, as well as individuals who want to be more entrepreneurial about their careers.
Edwin C. Nevis, Co-Founder and Board Chair
Gestalt International Study Center
Author of Organizational Consulting: A Gestalt Approach
and Intentional Revolutions: A Seven-Point Strategy for
Beverly has created an original handbook for workers of the 21st century that is beautifully written and very inspiring. She teaches you how to be the master of your own life and proactively and positively maneuver to win in the new workplace. By telling the truth about how you can be your authentic self in the new marketplace and giving detailed guidance of what to do and how to do it, this book will become a career classic. I will certainly be recommending it to clients and colleagues as a must read.
Gail McMeekin, President of Creative Success
Author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
and The Power of Positive Choices
Beverly Ryle provides wise counsel in Ground of Your Own Choosing to all those searching for a meaningful and satisfying professional future. It is required reading for a joyful journey to a career of freedom, opportunity and fulfillment.
Joan Goldsmith, Founder of Cambridge College
Author of Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader
(with Warren Bennis).
Beverly Ryle has written the new “bible” on finding and creating work in today’s world. In Ground of Your Own Choosing, she makes a strong case for turning the traditional job-search approach on its head. Integrating many of the views of the masters of organizational psychology with her own experience as a career consultant, she combines personal growth, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial techniques into a winning and hopeful strategy for creating work. Her book is easy (and fun) to read, with creative analogies, stories, and useful case studies. The book is perfect for the new graduate, for anyone transitioning in work by choice, or not, and for all those who wish to enrich their own professional experience and make it more meaningful.
Molly Eldridge, Assistant Director
Cape Cod Institute
Whatever your reason for being involved in job-search, you should read Ground of Your Own Choosing before you take another step.
This thought-provoking book offers hope to those caught in the job-search maze, struggling valiantly and often futilely to get hired. It lays out a clear path to follow to identify your personal skills and work preferences and align yourself with people and organizations that need and want you! It turns the job search process upside down and inside out and will revolutionize your thinking about how you define and find “work” in the 21st century.
This book should cause everyone who provides job search advice to reconsider what they are currently telling their clients. It points out what we already know—that traditional approaches no longer work for many job seekers—and lays out a fresh approach that does work.
Whether you are a career changer, a stay-at-home mom considering a return to the business world, a new graduate, or a recently “outplaced” seasoned professional, Ground of Your Own Choosing will help you view the job search in a whole new way.
Barbara Hyle, Senior Associate Director
Alumni & Graduate Career Development