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Want Employees to Own Their Career Development? Try These 2 Things

Career development is among the most confusing and challenging responsibilities facing leaders. (And make no mistake… it is a critical responsibility. My own research finds that across the generations in the workplace today, employees universally agree that “one of a manager’s fundamental roles is to support his/her employees’ career development.”)

And yet, many leaders struggle. Some burn themselves out, trying to do too much of the heavy lifting on behalf of their employees. They think it’s their job to find the opportunities, engineer the development activities, scour for the classes, and more. While others lean into the idea of employee owning their development. They abdicate all responsibility, leaving it to employees to figure out alone.

But, as the saying goes, “balance in all things.” And this certainly applies to how effective leaders assume their important role in the development of others.

My latest video, How Leaders Can Help Employees Own Their Career Development, was created by Scott Moe. It addresses this balance with the two things leaders need to do to concurrently to support and empower others toward relevant and sustainable growth.

I’d be curious…. What are your take-aways from this short video? And are videos like this an effective way to share content? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

4 comments on “Want Employees to Own Their Career Development? Try These 2 Things

  1. Andrew Chase on

    I agree with the content.

    I like videos and animations, really.

    That said, I prefer this type of content delivered in short, skimable, and easily reviewable text. 2+ minute video doesn’t sound like a long time, but it seems it when you want to get right to the point. Text is more ‘random access’/more flexible (vs linear video).

    (I looked at your privacy policy and tried to imagine what the video would look like )

  2. Jess Almlie on

    Julie, I love this! Great short video summary to simplify what many managers struggle to do. I’m going to share with my team and a few others in my organization. Thank you!


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