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How Successful Executives Respond: A Phenomenological Study of Unplanned Career Transition By

By David C. Miles and Dr. Mike Marquardt


The journey of completing this endeavor has spanned eleven-plus years. While experiencing numerous bumps in this elongated excursion, there were many who helped provide encouragement and a supporting hand as I pressed on toward the finish line. First and foremost is my wife of now 33 years, Melanie. She along with our sons, Scott and Michael, were always there. Many times they picked up all the other responsibilities so I could focus on my academic expedition, even at the expense of their personal time. When I started in 1990 as a participant in ELP-1, I was with Marriott Corporation as Director of Human Resource Development for the Contract Services Group. Today, in my tenth year as Chairman of The Miles/LeHane Group, a human resources consulting organization, I have personally worked with a large number of our program participants who have experienced the trauma of unplanned career transition. For many, this trauma has been paralyzing to their careers and personal lives for a period of time. This research is intended to add to the body of knowledge surrounding this trauma and how to reduce the disabling aftershock and is dedicated to individuals who will face unplanned career transition in the future

Year: 2002
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