Career Growth and Development Strategy
Your career growth and development is serious business!
Let’s relax for a minute and ponder some mundane questions.
· How often do you change the oil in your car?
· How often do you brush your teeth?
· How often do you do things to enhance or maintain your career?
Wait. What was that last one? Your career needs some amount of attention, somewhere between the frequency of oil changes and tooth brushing.
If you are safely tucked away in a position like I was, you may not have much of a career growth and development strategy. Like other aspects of your life, some thought and action are necessary.
As they say, “Without a plan, you are planning to fail.”
Are You in Sales?
Quick story. A presenter asks the audience, “How many people are in sales?” A few people raise their hands. The presenter thunders back, “No. You all are!”
Unless you hire a PR agency, you are in the business of selling yourself. Some people disdain sales, but you are selling the best product you have – YOU!
I’m not here to divulge sleazy tricks or unethical short cuts. I am here to help you see the possibilities and learn the ropes. Most importantly: I am not asking you to sell anything other than you.
Four Words – Your New Mantra
It’s all about letting people know who you are and how you can help them. Using that simple approach will take you far down the road. The most successful people use these four magic words:
“How can I help?”
You offer help without expectations of the quid pro quo. That is, you expect nothing in return. It may seem counterintuitive, but it gets you out there in the best possible way.
Best Quick Reads
Two quick reads help you appreciate this approach. I have had the good fortune of meeting people who base their approach on one or the other, and you will know right away when you are in the presence of these people. The energy is palpable, the honesty refreshing.
For the non-fiction minded:
The Fred Factor: How Passion in your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary by Mark Sanborn and John C. Maxwell
For the fiction minded:
The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Berg and John David Mann.
Depending on your preference, both unlock the secret of the approach. If you do nothing else right away, give one a read. Helping others will start you on a better career growth and development path.
Final Thought: You are also a Gardener
Tend your career garden, and good things will happen. Estimates are that you will have many jobs over the course of your career. I will provide you with 100% organic fertilizer. No B.S.!
Help others and you will be amazed at what comes back to you!