Taking Stock of My Career Development

Posted by Rebecca Dannenfelser on Fri, Dec 12, 2014
"All I want for the Christmas/Hanukkah/holidays is ________________."

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For many of us, this is the time of year to run around like crazy looking for gifts for those we love. We may drive ourselves senseless looking for the perfect gift for our spouse, partner, boyfriend or girlfriend, son or daughter, or life-long friend.

To others, service and helping out those less fortunate may be the best way for us to "get in the spirit of the holidays." We may find real joy in shopping for a deserving family struggling to make ends meet, helping to create a holiday experience, that exceeds the family's wildest dreams. 

All this attention on gifting for others is good for the soul and while it can be commercial, stressful and down-right challenging, just simply taking time off to be with those we love remains a wonderful way to reconnect and celebrate this spirit-filled time of year. 

And yet, as we round the bend past the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the holidays, it's equally important that we begin planning for taking stock in what's happening with our careers. Career development is no longer about waiting to see what happens at the performance review time (delivered once or maybe twice a year).career development

Career development is about building a campaign that leverages a person's skills, strengths, talents, hopes and dreams and vets those against the company's landscape, culture and your boss/manager's opinion of your future potential. And, while your manager's view of where you are headed matters, it falls on you to make sure you are asking for what you need to develop a true career development plan that allows your career to blossom and grow. 

Rather than head into 2015 with the same old approach to waiting to see what happens with your career, take the initiative and start to see your career development as something you can optimize.

The 4 biggest things you can do to change the course:

  1. Know where you currently stand. Ask your boss, peers, clients, friends and family for feedback on how they see you as a leader. Ask them for the specific things you do well and what you can do to be an even better leader in the future. 
  2. Know where you want to focus you career development strategy by taking part in our survey on: THE PERFECT CAREER STOCKING: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AREAS OF FOCUS 
    • I need a vision of where I can go in my career
    • I want to inspire others to follow me and set their own visions
    • I want to increase my confidence level in my strengths and in my opportunity areas so I am ready for the next role
    • I want a senior leader sponsor me at work
    • I want to increase my executive presence
    • I want to influence others, becoming known as someone who makes things happen at work
    • I want to develop my public speaking and writing skills
    • I want to become more adept at tough conversation
  3. Know what role you want next, but be specific and open (sometimes others see potential we don't see.) 
  4. Know the importance of meeting regularly with your boss/HR. This requires you to do some "heavy lifting" but it is the ideal way to highlight all the specific things you are doing to ramp up your career development and share the specifics of your success by goal. Seek feedback on progress and take heed on the feedback you are given. 

career developmentWill it be easy? No? Are the stakes high? Sure, but complaining about a lack of promotion has never been more prevalent for some leaders in middle management roles. In the familiar words from the Rolling Stones, putting responsibility for success or failure on our shoulders is often the way we finally get what we need.

 "No, you can't always get what you want
No, you can't always get what you want
No, you can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime, you just might find
You get what you need"

Read more:  Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want Lyrics | MetroLyrics 








Topics: action planning, leadership development, Career Development

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