An increasing number of companies are partnering with their
employees to increase career resiliency. But what does that mean?
In this time of rapid change, it is vital to have a plan that is
specific, measurable, and action-oriented.
The Capstone Career Coaching approach provides quick lessons in
strategic thinking and examples of career-management strategies. It
also provides the impetus to ditch bad habits and launch good ones
by following these simple suggestions:
- control your career
- assess your strengths
- plan for action
- strategic thinking brings success
- trend's career management clues
- overcome bad habits
- nurture your network
- education is key.
Control your career. A rewarding and sustainable
career requires self-determination and self-management. When you
are aware of career paths and their twists and turns you can run
your career like a profitable business. Look for ways to strengthen
your boundaries' and know when to say no. Enhance your
creativityand expand beyond the requirements of your current job
Assess your strengths. It is important to know
yourself, including your strengths, skills, values, behavioral
style, and experience. Be sure to take advantage of all the
assessments tools out there.
Plan for action. Without a plan, it's easy to get
stuck. Here are some tips:
- Make it specific, measurable, and action-oriented.
- Align your goals with your core values.
- Work your plan every day.
- Be tenacious.
- Keep your eyes on your goals.
- Track your contacts and progress.
- Expect (and manage) constant change.
- Value accountability to yourself or your coach.
Strategic thinking brings success. When forming
career strategies, consider the sixstrategies: scalability,
self-sufficiency, specificity, synergy, systems, and sift-screen.
Read about others careers and analyze the strategies they used.
Would a similar approach benefit you?
Understand who you are, what you want, and how to get it. Effective
tactics will follow. Patience is a career virtue, and it is not the
same as procrastination.
Trends: career management clues. Continuously scan
your environmentby reading, listening, exploring, and asking
questions. Project out five years. Ask yourself which industries
are growing and which ones are shrinking? What jobs are
disappearing or moving overseas?
Overcome bad habits. Habits such as
procrastination, laziness, and juggling will negatively impact your
career progress, not to mention the rest of your life. While you
overcome bad habits, find beneficial substitutes such as balance,
energy, and organization. A coach can help.
Nurture your network. The savvy, resilient,
resourceful professional knows the value of networking for
research, feedback, and support. Learn to grow your network using
in-person, and virtual tools and techniques. You can achieve
significant leverage by understanding the power of strategic
alliancesand seeking out the best ones to meet your objectives.
Education is key. Here are five important points
for your career and your life:
- Be a lifelong learner.
- Ask good questions; know whom to ask.
- Curiosity is a great habit.
- Learn by experimenting.
- Learn by doing.