Social Technologies' Andy Hines Featured in "Escape from Corporate America"

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Futurist talks about why it's great to "Swim in a smaller pond," in new career advice book, Escape from Corporate America.

Social Technologies futurist Andy Hines is featured in Escape from Corporate America, a new book by a reformed corporate ladder-climber, Pam Skillings.

"If your corporate career is leaving you stressed out, burned out, or just plain bummed out, you're not alone," writes Skillings. Escape from Corporate America, published by Ballentine, hit bookstores in May. "You don't have to choose between paying the bills and enjoying a fulfilling career." With humor and personal accounts, she offers a seven-step approach to breaking free: assess your job's "suck" factor, identify your true calling, develop your escape plan, find jobs that don't bite, be your own boss, follow your creative dreams, and overcome any obstacle.

Skillings, a career coach who made the leap in 2005, estimates that 80% of the working population fantasizes about leaving their jobs for something better. She admits that making the leap isn't easy, but it is worthwhile. "It took me years of trial and error to escape corporate America," she explains in the introduction. "Once I left, I was amazed at how many people were dying to know how I did it and whether they could do it, too."

Skillings found a compatriot in Hines, who ran the Global Trends Program for Kellogg Co., then served as futurist and senior ideation leader at Dow Chemical before joining Social Technologies in 2006 as director of custom projects. In Skillings' book, he is quoted in chapter seven: "Swim in a smaller pond."

"No offense against corporate places, but they are not always the most interesting," says Hines. "A lot of the attraction of my current company was the ability to work for people who are really interesting. Who else would work as a professional futurist? You have to be a little nuts, and I like that."

For more information

To learn more about Pam Skillings' new book, visit http://www.escapefromcorporate.com.

To talk to Andy Hines about making the move from the corporate world, send an email to Hope Gibbs, leader of corporate communications at Social Technologies (hope.gibbs@socialtechnologies.com.)

Andy Hines ) Futurist, Director of Custom Projects
Andy Hines is a leading organizational, academic, and consulting futurist. In 2006 he joined Social Technologies to manage the firm's consulting practice. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston MS Program in Futures Studies, a program from which he graduated in 1990. Before joining Social Technologies, Andy established and ran the Global Trends Program for Kellogg Co., then served as futurist and senior ideation leader at Dow Chemical. Before that he was a partner with Coates & Jarratt, a futurist think tank and consulting firm in Washington, DC.

About ) Social Technologies
Social Technologies is a global research and consulting firm specializing in the integration of foresight, strategy, and innovation. With offices in Washington DC, London, and Shanghai, Social Technologies serves the world's leading companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. A holistic, long-term perspective combined with actionable business solutions helps clients mitigate risk, make the most of opportunities, and enrich decision-making. For information visit http://www.socialtechnologies.com, our blog http://changewaves.socialtechnologies.com, and our newsletter: http://www.socialtechnologies.com/changewaves.

About ) Author Pam Skillings
Pamela Skillings walked away from the security of a six-figure job and a 12-year corporate career to start her own business in 2005. Her company, Skillful Communications, provides consulting and coaching on communication and career development issues for organizations and individuals. She frequently lectures around the country on career topics and is a regular contributor to About.com and print publications.

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