Category Archives: Career Matters

Career Development: A 5-Year Retrospective

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Five years have passed since I wrote Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want with Beverly Kaye. It’s been a transformative time for me both personally and professionally as I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world, talking with business leaders from all walks of life about their commitment to the development of their people. From China to Lithuania, from Brazil to Russia, from Muscatine to Washington DC, I’ve connected with thousands of managers who are working tirelessly to support the growth of their people—and those who want to learn to do it better. And I’ve …

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How Exceptional People Developers Beat Bad Systems

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A manager who doesn’t appreciate the value of something or simply doesn’t want to do it will always find an excuse not to. And, when it comes to employee development, one doesn’t have to look far for a legitimate one! Organizations unwittingly create impediments to growing people—something that’s recognized as a competitive advantage and requirement for sustainable success. Which barriers have you witnessed or experienced? A corporate schedule requiring that hours and hours of development planning and conversations be forced into a short window—frequently in the same time frame as budgeting or other mission-critical activities. Unnatural performance management systems and …

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Up Was Never for Everyone

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Guest Post by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart I’m delighted to celebrate the launch of Beverly Kaye’s new book, Up is Not the Only Way, with this excerpt. Bev is a legend in the career development field and I feel fortunate to have co-authored Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go with her. In her latest book she explores the case for (and opportunities associated with) considering growth in non-vertical ways. I’m certain you’ll enjoy this preview and her take on this timely topic. Careers used to be predictable. There were paths and ladders. The hierarchy worked – for …

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Creativity: It’s What’s Missing from Career Development

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A significant investment is made each year on studies, training, portals and programs related to career development; yet, the return on this investment continues to disappoint organizations, leaders and employees alike. And it’s unfortunate, because what’s needed doesn’t cost even a dollar. What’s needed to ensure healthy, sustainable career development is creativity. “Creativity” and “career development” rarely come up in the same sentence. In fact, many organizations have inadvertently wrung a lot of creativity out of career development through the creation of complicated systems, processes, step-wise tools and forms. Yet what they’re discovering is, the more sophisticated the individual development …

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3 Career-Planning Insights I Learned by Walking Across Spain

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Guest Post by Victor Prince I am delighted and honored to host a guest blog post by Victor Prince on the same day that his latest book, The Camino Way, launches. Victor—who travels the world speaking and consulting—brings his wealth of leadership development experience and insights to readers as he outlines seven leadership lessons learned during his 500-mile trek across Spain—timely lessons that apply to leaders with less picturesque but equally important journeys. Victor’s post provides a preview of the richness and depth you can expect from The Camino Way.  Enjoy! A few years ago, I walked across Spain along …

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Career Development Begins with CARE

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Career development is among the most personal and intimate ways leaders interact with employees in the workplace. These conversations are the nexus of hopes, dreams, perceptions, and business realities. They are also a key driver of important outcomes like engagement, discretionary effort, innovation, quality, productivity and retention. Leaders who excel at career development know that navigating these conversations effectively requires CARE. But CARE involves more than mere concern and or even active attention to others. Genuine development today is characterized by an evolving set of expectations and requirements.  Leaders who CARE find ways to make sure that their efforts and …

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When the Growing Gets Tough

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Think about the learning that contributed most powerfully to your development and who you are today. Consider the experiences that built the expertise you use and value most every day. Reflect on what you’re most proud of mastering during the course of your career or life. This memorable learning that has made a significant difference to you (and to the organizations you’ve served) likely didn’t come easily. The kind of learning that sticks with people, helping them achieve lifelong results, generally: Challenges them to change how they think, act, or perform in new ways. Takes significant energy and attention. Involves …

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Want to Institutionalize Career Development? Look for (or Cultivate) these Cultural Markers

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Global field research over the past decade consistently leads to the same conclusion: The simple human act of helping people grow has become very complicated. Processes overshadow people. Deadlines trump genuine development. And a checklist mentality competes with creating authentic connections. But interviews with and input from thousands of leaders worldwide offer a different view of what’s needed to support genuine and sustainable career development. When asked specifically what helped them develop most powerfully, 8500+ leaders offered these observations. At its core, career development is all about conversation, commitment, opportunities, and culture. And organizations that understand this enjoy a range …

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Which Comes First?

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In preparation for an upcoming executive education session, I conducted a quick pulse survey earlier this month. I wanted to understand whether the leaders attending my training believe that there is a difference in the importance of career development to their employees based upon their current level of performance. And they do. A Picture of Perceptions The leaders polled perceive that career development is a pressing priority for their top performers. Nearly 75% indicate that it’s ‘very important’ to these exceptional employees and more than 20% rate it ‘somewhat important.’ They experience a high level of interest, attention, and motivation …

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Why mentorship is the gift that keeps on giving

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The human capital development strategy of mentorship is getting a lot of attention these days. From books to boardrooms, everyone is trying to crack the code and tap its potential and power. Mentors have the ability to accelerate the growth of others through their generous sharing of their perspectives, time, insights, coaching and experience. Is this a selfless act of service? Not even remotely. Savvy mentors stand to gain as much from the experience as do the proteges they guide and frequently a lot more. Are you on the fence about becoming a mentor? Consider these six ways you can …

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