Issue 379 | December 22, 2021

“One key to knowing joy is to be easily pleased.” – Mark Nepo, Author of The Book of Awakening

If you have not heard, Dick Knowdell, International Career Leader, Card Sort, and JCTC Coach Certificate Developer passed on December 13.

He impacted millions within the career development field as a career coaching innovator. Known for his Card Sorts (Motivated Skills, Career Values, Leisure/Retirement, Occupational Interests, and Career Development & Job Search Profile), the Career Planning Network, and JOURNAL of Career Planning and Adult Development, he was recognized for creating easy-to-use products and practitioner training worldwide.


You can read the full announcement and life celebration by Dr. Rich Feller here and view an interview with Dick about his major contributions to career development here. For those who wish, please write a short tribute (by 1/5/22) to be compiled within a Dick Knowdell Memorial Book and email it to

While I reflect on the great impact Dick had on our field, I’m also reminded of the difference each of you makes every day. You are making this same impact on your network and your clients.

Many of you have shared increased difficulties within your organizations, with challenging customers, and with personal and family issues this year. My hope for you in 2022 is that your brilliance continues to shine and change the world one happy career at a time. It is in the dark that these lights are needed the most.

I also hope you’ll have time during this holiday season to relax and replenish your light. I can’t wait to see what 2022 will bring for you!

Marie Zimenoff
CEO, Career Thought Leaders

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      • CTL Associate News & Opportunities


        • 2022 Trends: 29 Big Ideas Changing Our World
        • Career Advancement: [Video] My Rookie Moment
        • Workforce Trends: Challenges Through 2031
        • Women’s Careers: Pandemic’s Impact on Women
        • Workplace Trends: Adapting Post-Pandemic
        • Wellness: The Case for the Career Nap


            • Colleague Earns Prestigious Credential
            • Colleague Recognized for Professional Achievements


                  CTL & RWA Events

                  • Trend Tuesday Live
                  • Certified Personal Branding Specialist
                  • 2022 Career Industry Trends White Paper Release Webinar
                  • Master-E-Session: Strengths-Based Coaching
                  • CTL Annual Symposium

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                  • Best Year Ever
                  • Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification

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                        JAN 11 | Certified Personal Branding Strategist Course Begins

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                            JAN 11 | 2022 Career Industry Trends White Paper Release Webinar

                            Celebrate our 12th annual white paper with us!

                            Every year, Career Thought Leaders releases a white paper detailing trends gathered from careers industry professionals worldwide. Join us for a webinar as we reveal the top trends in the industry and what they mean for you as an industry professional and for your clients.

                              CTL COMMUNITY NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

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                              2022 Trends: 29 Big Ideas That Will Change Our World in 2022 (LinkedIn)

                              In case you missed it, here’s the annual big ideas article from LinkedIn on what we can expect for 2022. They also put out this article on the top talent predictions for 2022. And make sure January 18 is on your calendar for our annual trends white paper release!
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                              Career Advancement: [VIDEO] My Rookie Moment (McKinsey & Company)

                              This video series has senior professionals sharing formative early-career experiences. This specific episode is on mentorship, but these would be a great playlist for your holiday listening (and for the younger professionals in your life!).

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                              Workforce Trends: Global Leaders Expect Challenges of Retaining, Attracting, and Developing Talent Will Persist Over Next Decade (Protiviti)

                              This study of C-level executives shares their top concerns for 2022 to 2031. Not surprisingly, workforce and talent-related issues top the list. For a more immediate outlook, check out ManpowerGroups' Q1 2022 Employment Outlook Survey.

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                              Women’s Careers: New Report Shows Pandemic’s Economic Impact on Women (CBIA)

                              This article shares highlights from a new report on the economic recovery for women and outlines the issues keeping them sidelined. This bonus article shares additional data related to women in the workplace post-COVID.

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                              Workplace Trends: How to Adapt to a Post-Pandemic Workplace (World Economic Forum)

                              These insights from young leaders in the workplace share how they see it shifting and what companies need to do to be more successful at retaining and engaging talent. One of our community’s favorite tools for helping clients be clearer about who they are to be better leaders, communicators, and advocates for their career is the Certified Personal Branding Strategist program – and it starts January 11!

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                              Wellness: The Burnout-Busting Case for Embracing the Career Nap (Well+Good)

                              This article goes through a new term and how our clients could use this to improve their mental health and career moving into 2022.

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                              Colleague Earns Prestigious Credential

                              Congratulations to Amelia Brooke who earned the Certified Career Transition Coach credential from Career Thought Leaders. You have demonstrated your commitment to coaching and expanding your knowledge with practical tools to improve outcomes for your clients. Kudos to you!

                              Colleague Recognized for Professional Achievements

                              Congratulations to Debra Boggs who was honored in the Forbes NEXT 1000 list of “new faces who are redefining what it means to build and run a business today”! Kudos on building your business and all the lives you are changing in your work.

                              CTL & RWA EVENTS

                              December 21, 2021 | 4:00PM-4:30PM US ET

                              Trend Tuesday Live

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                              January 11, 2022 | 4:00PM-4:45PM US ET

                              2022 Career Industry Trends White Paper Release Webinar

                              Celebrate our 12th annual white paper with us! Every year, Career Thought Leaders releases a white paper detailing trends gathered from careers industry professionals worldwide. Join us for a webinar as we reveal the top trends in the industry and what they mean for you as an industry professional and for your clients. Learn more and RSVP today!

                              January 18, 2022 | 11:00AM-12:30PM US ET
                              Certified Personal Branding Strategist Class
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                              January 19, 2022 | 11:00AM-12:30PM US ET

                              Master-E-Session: Strengths-Based Coaching Techniques & Tools
                              Join us as we welcome career industry leader Susan Britton to share about one of her favorite topics - strengths-based coaching. 
                              We'll have more details soon, and if you've never attended a presentation with Susan you are in for a treat! You'll walk away with practical tools you can use with clients -- backed by neuroscience and sure to change your client outcomes. Learn more and register.

                              January 26, 2022 | 11:00AM-12:30PM ET

                              Certified Career Transition Coach
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                              April 10-13, 2022 | 8:00AM-5:00PM US PT
                              Career Thought Leaders Professional Development Symposium
                              Join us for our annual professional development event! We will be downtown Philadelphia for 3 days of learning and connecting around our theme: "Flourishing in the Future of Work." Learn more and register.

                              PARTNER EVENTS

                              December 30, 2021 or On Demand | 11:00AM-5:00PM US ET
                              Your Best Year Ever
                              This annual goal-setting experience will give you the clarity and confidence you need to transform 2022 into the year of your dreams. Over the course of five high-leverage sessions (plus a bonus session for Full Focus Planner users!), you’ll learn how to crash through achievement barriers and build your blueprint to win at work and succeed at life. This is an incredible opportunity to set exciting and effective goals in your personal and professional life. Every year, participants share their success stories of paying off debt, launching businesses, improving their relationships, taking more time for vacation, and more. Plus, join with this affiliate link and join us for a debrief and accountability session Friday, January 8 at 12:00 PM ET. Learn more and register.

                              February 17, 2022 | 4:00-5:30PM US ET
                              Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification
                              This 8-week program focuses on how to assist individuals to choose the right career, find a job and stay hired. Weekly sessions are live over the Internet, and feature discussions, interactive exercises, and case studies. Participants gain hands-on experience during a 6-week supervised practicum. This program qualifies for 21 GCDF credits. Group size is limited to 10, and an application is required. Details are on the Forward Motion Coaching Web site. Learn more and register.

                              Marie Zimenoff

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