Over the last year, I have been just one of several experts working on a leadership programme for a global company. This has involved webinars and importantly face-to-face time during ‘live’ modules.
One of the things that has struck me is that people make little time for reflecting on their own career and making plans. As an owner of a company, I understand this, I can get very busy delivering client work, preparing, doing marketing, following-up with people and doing admin, so busy that before I made specific time for it, I didn’t spend any time on working on the strategy for my business, so drift can occur. I could easily look up and 6 months had gone without me planning what objectives I had for my business and how I was going to achieve them. It can be very similar for people in companies to do this with their career and either find they have just gone with the flow and have been promoted but are perhaps not doing what they’d like to be doing or they haven’t really moved and have been passed over.
I am not saying that career planning needs to be a weekly occurrence, however having regular slots in your diary can be a very good way to ensure you make time to think about your career thoroughly.
Some of this thinking might include:
- Whether you want to progress and if you do, what role would that be to? A lateral move to gain a different experience, an upwards move internally or a move outside.
- What knowledge you might need to gain to help you achieve 1.
- What relationships you need to build internally or in the wider industry to either help you gain knowledge, insight or to increase your exposure.
- What skills – technical or behavioural you might need to work on to achieve what you want to.
This should then help you plan what action you specifically need to take, this action should be diarised so it happens (after all, we all get busy) and importantly, you need to regularly review the plan. It should be dynamic, for instance you might find that elements of it change due to something you have found out or something that has happened.
Most importantly, start to make time now to reflect and plan, so that whilst you can still be open to surprise opportunities, you truly think about where you want to go and what you might need to do to get there!
I work with individuals to help them progress in their careers – whether that be working with them on their personal impact in different professional situations, building the right professional relationships, improving how they manage ‘office politics’ and everything in-between to help them progress to where they want to. If you would like to see how I might be able to help you, please email me.
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