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Build Your Own Rainbow - A Workbook for Career & Life Management (Paper Only) Paperback – 10 Jul 1993


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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass (10 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893842087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893842086
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,003,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barrie is a psychologist specialising in career development and lifelong learning, and a serial entrepreneur. Beginning his paid work as a psychometrician working with the National Foundation for Educational Research, he soon moved to Leeds University as a researcher into vocational guidance. This was the beginning of a distinguished academic and commercial career in which he has authored 40 books and set up five successful organisations in the UK and one in the USA.

Career highlights

*Director, Vocational Guidance Research Unit, Leeds University
*Founder and director, Counselling and Career Development Unit, Leeds University
*Co-founder and Chairman, Lifeskills International, now part of the VT Group
*Co-Chairman of Hay-Lifeskills Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hay Group
*Chairman, Axia Interactive Media
*Founder and non-executive director, 3 Albion Place, Leeds' leading private members club and conference and events venue
Director of Live Happier,Ltd
*Fellow of the British Psychological Society
*Fellow of the British Institute of Management.
*His 39 books cover personal and career development, quality service, transition and change management, generic training skills, marriage and Lifeskills teaching. In 2008 with Mike Scally he wrote the follow up book to Build Your Own Rainbow- The Rainbow Years: The Pluses of Being 50+, Middlesex University Press. He wrote "And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career', with Katie Ledger, A&C Black, October 2009, and published by Bloomsbury USA in May 2010. His latest book, written again with Mike Scally is "Live Happier:The Ultimate Life Skill" - available as and ebook from livehappier.com or in book form from Amazon.


Barrie now enjoys a portfolio career as a consultant, author, blogger, mentor, presenter and entrepreneur. His passions remain lifelong learning, portfolio living and using new technology to further learning and development. These days there is a new focus - that of being 50+. Current projects include: writing web-enabled learning programmes for organisations such as learndirect, campaigning and blogging about the joys of being 50+, portfolio careers and living happier. He chairs the Quality in Careers Standard Board nationally and also his local community organisation. He really enjoys patronising his local Wine Club. He has 2 children and 2 grandchildren and is highly motivated to impact the world in which they are growing up.

He has devoted his life to helping people become architects of their own futures.

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Format: Paperback
Some useful ideas for workshops and motivational sessions to help people set personal goals and change attitudes in a positive way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Build your own Rainbow - create your personal future 3 April 2000
By Bernard Pakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is a personal strategic planning guide complete with a toolbox to help the individual create a desired personal future.
Some 40 exercises are contained in the workbook to enable systematic enquiry into current reality for the individual rainbow-builder. Six basic questions are addressed in the book; Who am I?, Where am I now?, How satisfied am I?, What changes do I want?, How do I make changes happen?, What if my plan doesn't work out? The methodology in the workbook does have the potential to help develop multiple pathways to a personal future and tools are provided to help with making choices.
However, I think that somewhat more emphasis could have been placed in the book on development of substance and character to the personal "rainbow" or vision - what does the point of arrival really look like?. There is perhaps a need for more exercises to answer the question "Why do I exist?" and connected to the development of the rainbow-builder's core purpose in life. I would have enjoyed work assignments to surface the passions that energise me and drive me from the heart. My experience in working with the workbook is that the concept of a strategic gap between current reality and desired future is not strongly articulated and emphasised.
The book makes use of cut-out cards, located at the end of the book. The cards are used in several exercises. An advantage of this approach is that tools can be deployed right way - the downside is that one is left with a card storage challenge to ensure integrity of the book for subsequent use. The feature may make the book less attractive for library collections.
The book is strong on useful analytical techniques that serve as mirrors to reflect interrelated dimensions of life. A good companion book is "Work Miracles - transform yourself and your organization" (S Hacker, M Wison) - the latter being strong on passionate personal leadership.
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