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Category: Career Development

Development Plan or Development Planning? There is a Difference

If your organization is like most, you’re likely seeing less attention paid to development planning. It’s understandable. Leaders face time challenges like never before. Teams are increasingly distributed across geographies, making connections complex. The general sentiment that employees should own their own development frequently leads managers to a sensibility that’s too hands-off. And self-service/on-demand learning…

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VUCA Career Development for a VUCA Workplace

The expression VUCA has been around for decades. And yet, it’s as relevant today in business as it was when first introduced in the 1980s by the US military. VUCA — which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity — describes an unpredictable workplace characterized by constant flux, unknowns and unknowables. It’s the new normal…

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Why ‘No Thanks’ is an Unacceptable Response to Development Today

Given the scope and volume of what employees are grappling with today, it’s understandable that many have hit the pause button on their own development. Just getting through the day, concerns about personal safety, and back-to-back video calls frequently consume all of the energy an individual can muster. As a leader, it’s easy to ignore…

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Develop in Place While Sheltering in Place

As a huge portion of the workforce settles into a new ‘abnormal’, at least one thing is crystal clear: When we come out on the other side of this (and we will come out), we will need to be stronger, more resilient, and ready to perform at unparalleled levels. Because, let’s face it, by all…

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Sunk Time. Sunk Costs. Sunk Talent?

I recently conducted a research study with Samantha Hupp and The Insight Advantage exploring issues related to women and career development today. We asked nearly 400 women to share their most frequently occurring self-limiting beliefs. Despite the broad age range of the subjects (23-70+), the data reflects surprising similarities in the nature of the negative…

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An Updated View on Career Development

(Adapted from Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want) In the seven years since Beverly Kaye and I originally wrote Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, career development has only become more  important. In today’s business environment, talent continues to be the major differentiator. As artificial intelligence…

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