3 ways to supercharge your career development
There are three steps HR professionals and teams can take in order to propel their career development to the next level, writes Michelle Gibbings.
In this environment, HR professionals become the nurturers of talent – relied upon to help grow the future of the
Tim Ferris, in his best-selling book, The Four Hour Work Week, radically shifted how people think about work. He challenged the notion of the orthodox 9-5 working week, and how it’s the value a person adds, rather than the number of hours they work, that is more important. He highlighted the choices that people can make with their career.
For most, work hasn’t reached the utopia espoused in his book. However, there’s no doubt there are many opportunities to shape the work we do into the career we want. Capturing those opportunities requires the proactive and forward-thinking approach that often-only leaders know to take.
– Set direction and take action to get there
– Back themselves and seek to continually develop themselves
– Surround themselves with people who will help them get the job done
– Know themselves and seek to understand others
HR can help employees to apply these attributes to their careers, but can equally
1. Never be complacent
Past successes are to be commended, but in order for individuals to guarantee future successes, it’s essential to periodically assess their careers for holes in knowledge, or outdated skills.
The best way to do this is to apply the standard strategic planning approach and ask “Where am I now?”, “Where do I want to be?” and “What do I need to do to get there?”
These questions will provide a gauge of the progress that’s been made, highlights any gaps, and the next steps to take. They will also help provide focus to the areas of best value add, and how to fit those skills into wider
2. Find the best learning edge
Continued success requires a constant desire to learn, and knowing where to focus that desire is the best path to effective growth. In a world of increasing connectedness, complexity
– Staying abreast of the latest thinking and ideas from complementary professions, including project management, process improvement, strategy and design thinking
– Buying books on topics that are different
– Subscribing to online news, from a wide variety of news outlets so you receive up-to-date information and knowledge from around the world and from different ideological perspectives
3. Change first, not last
HR executives need to take the lead and set the example for successful
To effectively lead in complex changing environments, HR leaders need to