the Code to Your Career
Francine R. Gaillour, MD, MBA
readers, what do you make of these recent events in my life:
are only days away from the release of the Da Vinci Code*
movie; My daughter is asking my help with her math
homework on Fibonacci Number Series; and I just received
an email from a client where he referenced
"phi," the Golden Mean.
coincidences? OR are these solid clues that I should
definitely see the 5:30 showing of the movie on
tempting and, let's face it, fun, to look for
fantastical cosmic codes to help guide our
there codes and hidden clues that can guide your
professional and personal life? And if you looked for
them, would that be a clear sign that you've gone off the
deep end or have become hopelessly "woo woo"?
consider what noted Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung,
has to say on such matters. Jung coined the term "synchronicity"
to describe the "temporally coincident occurrences
of acausal events."
explains Jung's theory in plainer terms:
. . . is the experience of having two (or more)
things happen coincidentally in a manner that is
meaningful to the person or persons experiencing them,
where that meaning suggests an underlying pattern. It
differs from coincidence in that synchronicity implies not
just a happenstance, but an underlying pattern or dynamic
that is being expressed through meaningful relationships
to Jung, many events you think are coincidence are actually
manifestations of events that are "meant to be"
just for you.
scholars such as Joseph Campbell are also supporters of the synchronicity
concept and it's role in guiding our lives along a divine
In Your Career
how is the synchronicity concept relevant to your career or
professional life? Here are two exercises where I
employ the synchronicity concept with my clients:
Your Intention. When I conduct an
initial Client Intake with a new client, toward the end
of our 2-day session I help them create an "Career
Intention Statement." The statement is a 4-5
sentence paragraph that will become their "walking
calling card." It is a short verbal summary
of: a) the pearls they've gleaned from their past,
and b) what they are seeking to create in their future.
Once they share this Intention, it is uncanny how
situations and people then "show up" in their
life to hasten the career development or transition
process. The universe conspires to assist!
Clarity About a Decision. Have you ever
grappled with a career decision? I'll bet you have
even jokingly invoked the phrase "I'm looking
for a sign!" to help you. Well, it's no joke!
Sending your decision "to the universe" is
actually a technique taught by Yoga masters,
hypnotherapists, Jungian psychologists, not to mention
some clergy. In my coaching practice I will
sometimes ask a client to stop intellectually wrestling
with an issue, and instead "let it float in the
ether" for a few days. As they let it float, they
also pay attention---without analyzing---to people,
events, articles, phrases, words, or pictures that seem
to show up in a big way. They are always amazed at the
incredible "coincidences" of these events and
the clarity they achieve around their decision.
you are interested in learning more about Synchronicity
and how to apply this Jungian concept to
your career or professional situation, I suggest you
experiment with one of the two exercises I mentioned
above. Feel free to contact me to arrange a
complementary session to get your started.
is not an endorsement supporting the veracity of the Da
Vinci Code. It was a fun fiction book and no offense
is meant to any of my readers.
R. Gaillour, MD, President of
The Gaillour Group, and Director of Creative Strategies in
Physician Leadership, is
an Executive and Business Coach who helps her clients express their full potential.
She can be reached at email@example.com
or at (206) 686-4205