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Honor Your Family Tree: Four Steps to Career Genealogy

Career Geneology

“It is very loving to see how my parents ‘being’ has continued in the world through me.” – a friend who completed the Career Genealogy Process


Being successful in work and life is a bold process that looks different for each individual. Whether coaching a real estate agent, a lawyer, a stay-at-home dad or a young business woman there are some common components that can bring clarity and focus to career decisions.

One component is to reflect upon the attributes that you’ve inherited from your ancestors using the four steps to your Career Genealogy.  This process provides a a way to identify key themes that shape and inform your own choices. Upon using this process to make your strengths conscious, you may join the many individuals who report that they feel better equipped to face the uncertain complexities of their careers.

One woman who used this process did not at first see any connection between her dad’s work as a plumber and her work as a nurse.  Trusting the process of these steps,  she began to focus less on what separated her from the previous generation and more on what connected her to them. She had a moment of realization that clarified the next step she was to take in life.

After ten years of conversations with many people completing the Career Genealogy process, we have discovered many things. To make this process concrete, I will share the example of one friend who is willing to make her story public.

Step One of Your Career Genealogy

First identify the name of your two primary caregivers who shaped your life while growing up. Who are the two individuals you experienced as your primary caregivers? Trust your common sense to identify two names that work for you. (Note: This process works for non-traditional families in case you were adopted, in foster care or if you have been a member of blended families with more than one parent, stepparents, grandparents or other adults who raised you. In this case you get to choose two adults from your village that make the most sense to you.)

A Friend’s Example

Dad: Vincent
Mom: Elena

Your Example?

On a sheet of paper or in your journal can you see your own example?

Step Two of Your Career Genealogy

Now that you have identified two individuals, research their career story. Under each name can you identify the major roles that they contributed to society? Even if they did not think of their work as a career or they didn’t get paid, make sure to honor their unique contributions as volunteers or as caregivers to the family. You may even consider hobbies that help you see their strengths.

A Friend’s Example

Vincent: Engineer (ships during WW II, then bridges and highways), manage a power plant, community leader (PTA, Board of Education and Knights of Columbus).

Elena: Mother, brownie and scout leader ,vocalist (church choir, weddings and funerals), LPN, a nurse, community volunteer (meals on wheels, hospice, crisis line, food pantry).

Your example?

You may pause again and build on the two names you identified and briefly outline the “resume”  of roles that describe their work or volunteer experiences.

Step Three of Your Career Genealogy

What were the intended outcomes and fruits of these efforts? Now, pause and come up with some key words to characterize the key themes of their life’s work. You may want to take a walk, listen to music or just sit in silence and contemplate how to best briefly summarize the contribution of their lives.

It can be interesting and fun to synthesize someone’s life work into a few key words. If any part of this process feels confusing at first, many clients report coming up with some new perspectives after they pause and lean into the confusion.  Find your own way to ponder the question, “What were the intended outcomes and fruits of their efforts?” Beyond this temporary feeling of confusion is often a break through where clients start to see something new about two people who they haven’t always observed through an objective lens.

At times we are so busy analyzing our family tree for psychological issues that we focus on the negative.  We rarely pause and see the intended contribution of our ancestors. In some cases their intentions were realized and they felt successful. In other seasons of life, they may have felt frustrated and their strengths were not always fully demonstrated.  Whatever the case, we are here to see the intended contribution and strengths that they made or hoped to make to the world.  Seeing these attributes can be akin to identifying your own emotional and spiritual DNA.

In the example of this friend, she paused and listened to music before the key words occurred to her. Others may find it helpful to speak with someone in order to gain a more objective view of these two individuals. Unlike other conversations we may have about these two parental figures, this a positive inquiry into their strengths and not their weaknesses.

A Friend’s Example:

Vincent: Design and Create Elena: Protect and Love

Your Example?

Are there key themes you can identify?

Step Four of Your Career Genealogy

Finally, this is where you turn these statements  inward and look at your own contribution to life. Ask yourself the question, “How have I built upon this emotional and spiritual inheritance?”  Begin exploring on paper how you have applied these strengths to your own life’s work.  Again, you might find it helpful to also speak with another person who is skilled at being a good listener. What is your own unique synthesis of these themes?

A Friends Example

Today, this friend sees that the  unique educational programs she has created are all extensions of strengths from both of her parents.  Her life’s work is a unique combination of her dad’s focus as an engineer and her mom’s focus as a caregiver.  She has spent her life ENGINEERING EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR CAREGIVERS!  The qualities that her parents demonstrated in these two different professions are ones that she has integrated in a unique way. In her own words she says:

“What I saw within myself was the capacity to  Design + Create (from my father) and to Protect + Love (from my mother).  All together this is the work I have done in creating a college of healing arts.”

She goes on to say, “It is very loving to see how my parents ‘being’ can continue in the world for others through me.”

The woman in this example is Paulette Genthon.  Since 1994, I have had the privilege of supporting and guiding her toward realizing her dreams.  Recently, we’ve been designing a creative student engagement and retention program for her college.

Paulette is the founder of the Universal College of Healing Arts where she has used the Career Genealogy process to empower herself and her students to celebrate their strengths.  With the foundation her programs offer professionals, she has empowered hundreds of individuals to realize successful careers in the healing arts.

Paulette’s unique program makes education accessible to busy adults. If you are interested in joining her weekend intensives you may want to speak with her. She may be reached at: (402) 555-4456. Or, you may e-mail her at: [email protected].

Whatever you see about your own career inheritance, I’m interested in hearing about your experience via e-mail, phone or Skype as well.

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Patrick Davis, MA, PCC


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Putting Your Work Gloves On–Shifting into a “Get It Done” Attitude on Father’s Day


I inherited dad’s work gloves when they were lying in his workshop after he died. Feeling nostalgic, I wanted their gritty smell of sawdust and grease close by. His gloves reminded me of his presence and of his “get it done” attitude.

Recently, the gloves shifted from being sentimental adornments on a shelf of a downtown apartment into essential tools for tackling the overgrown yard of our new home. I began wearing these “get it done gloves” each morning to pull out the brush and poison ivy that had taken over the beautiful gardens when the previous owner had a sudden health-altering event that placed her in a nursing home. The woman who occupied this place loved these grounds and they are ready to be loved again.

This June has been filled with the activity of beginning to care for a yard and home that are hugged by a wooded community called Forest Heights in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are now the stewards of a home built in the 1940’s that stands on a corner lot filled with trees and all sorts of plants with names I’m learning to pronounce.

It’s strange how falling in love with a new place has a way of choosing your hobbies and your work for you. By the time dad was my age, he had also fallen in love with a place that created for him a full-time hobby when our family moved from the suburbs to a forty-acre hobby farm outside Grand Rapids, Michigan in the township of Wayland. I now realize that the term “hobby farm” is a polite way to say, “this place needs a lot of work.”  While we are not taking care of forty acres, the same “get it done” principle of effort and determination applies.

Today, we are gardeners and find ourselves building on the legacy of our fathers by learning to become handy around the house. Since my husband is a social worker and I’m an educator and coach, we both have more practice working with the mind and emotions than with wires, pipes, chain saws and dirt.

Let the good times begin!

The aches and pains and itchy arms from poison ivy have changed something in our psyche that reflects both the challenges and joys that we face in this garden each day. Isn’t that the way it is with your life?

Applying your own sweat and effort to this project called life, you experience how gardens are weeded and made beautiful again–how work gets done in the world–only after you “put your work gloves on” and direct your “get it done” attitude toward the goals you love and the people you love.
Mindful conversations, whether with a therapist, coach or skilled friend, have a way of sending a message to the brain that is like “putting your work gloves on.”  No matter what challenge you face—career change, depression, growing a business, anxiety, making a big decision, facing loss—there is a capacity within you to make this subtle shift. I promise. Even if it’s just pulling one weed, there is something that is yours to do each day.

No matter what your need, are you willing to put your work gloves on? If your answer is yes, then you may have a free strategy session to explore options for your work in the world.

By your side as you get it done,

Patrick Davis, MA, PCC, HB

“Work is love made visible”-Kahlil Gibran
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July 14th | Mindful Marketing | Kalamazoo, MI 
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July 15th | Creativity Retreat | Ludington, MI | Private Venue
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July 16th | Jesuit Volunteer Corps Retreat | Traverse City , MI | Private Venue

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