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Science's David Jensen: Career Inflection Points

I recently did a webinar, along with a colleague of mine, for the American Seed Trade Association, a group of professionals from global companies that deal with plant biotechnology. Our topic, assigned by the moderator, was career “inflection points.”

In math, an inflection point is something very specific; it's a point on a curve where the curvature changes sign. That's not very helpful in a career context -- so, with the help of Google, I dug up an alternative meaning or two. Andrew Grove, the founder of Intel, is fond of the phrase; he has defined inflection point as "an event that changes the way we think and act." It is implied, I think -- anyway, I'm going to use it this way -- that the change is unpredictable, or at least unforeseen. It's something you aren't expecting that blows you radically off course -- that sets you adrift if only for a short time.

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Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 04:46PM by Registered CommenterJoel | CommentsPost a Comment

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