Fearless Career Transformation with Stewart Levine [episode 45]
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Meet Our Featured Guest on Express Success Radio
As an attorney, Stewart Levine came to fully understand the enormous cost of conflict and that any form of battle is ineffective in resolving problems. Stewart is the author of ‘Getting to Resolution’ and ‘The Book of Agreement’ as well as the co-author ‘Collaborate 2.0’.
He also teaches communication, relationship and conflict management for the American Management Association and the University of California Berkeley School of Law.
During law school, Stewart discovered that he had an innate aptitude for problem solving and resolution. This enabled him to quickly and equitably settle the cases assigned to him but he soon discovered that instead of problem solving, he was expected to be an advocate for his own clients.
Over the decade that followed, he became highly skilled in advocacy however his own personal satisfaction and enjoyment was steadily declining.
Stewart finally came to the awareness that while he was very good at being an attorney, he didn’t want to play that game anymore. He decided that the way he’d been taught to battle issues out in the courtroom did not utilize his innate intelligence or his highest capacities to make a difference for others.
Eventually, Stewart simply had to “walk away”. He learned that many times, what a given profession prescribes ultimately serves the profession itself rather than those it’s meant to help. In the end, he deeply learned how NOT to settle conflicts and he trusted that there was a better way to find resolution.
The Action Steps
Stewart set out to discover an “outside the box” way to mediate disagreements between two parties. This is how he shifted and transformed HOW he worked and the ways in which you can transform your work as well:
1. Make a decision that if you’re going to stay in your current industry, that you’re going to start doing things in an unconventional way… your way
2. Investigate how you can use your current skill set and work experience in new ways; to solve similar problems but with a different or unique approach
3. Be mindful of your day-to-day needs and always make sure you can sustain yourself as you begin to explore a major career transition
How to fearlessly transform your career:
1. Do what you love to do
2. Practice great self-care in order to avoid unnecessary pain
3. Patiently put one foot in front of the other and the answers WILL come to you
“It’s okay to be a little dangerous. Listen to the signals within you and trust them.” ― Stewart Levine
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The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo
Navigating the Tides of Change: Stories from Science, the Sacred, and a Wise Planet by David La Chapelle
Click here for Stewart Levine’s website: ResolutionWorks.com