The 1-Hour Career Leader – Executing Your Career Strategy in One Hour

Learn how to execute your career strategy in one hour

First, you’ll create your shaping your career strategy model

 

After, creating your shaping your career strategy model, you need to execute your strategy effectively.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to turn your shaping your career strategy framework into navigating your job change process rapidly. Let’s get started!

Understanding the need for change

Take on New Challenges

When it comes to your career, change is natural – and it’s healthy!

You strengthen your professional abilities every time you take on new challenges.

That’s why you need to develop an attitude of appreciating taking on new challenges thereby contributing to the success of your organization as the driver of change who creates, delivers and captures stakeholder value.

Gain Insight What You Want from Your Work

Taking on the shaping your career strategy, you need to take advantage of opportunities at your company that best match with your interests, by either enhancing your current role or taking on one or more entirely new roles with your firm.

That’s why you need to find out opportunities at your company that best match with your business interests.

Learn New Set of Skills

Organizations large and small realize that, in order to remain competitive in a fast-changing world, they need employees who:

  • Are dedicated to the idea of continuous learning
  • Regularly assess their interests, values and skills so as to figure out the kinds of work for which they are best suited
  • Are committed to their company’s success
  • Understand the skills and behaviors the company will need in the future – and are willing and able to respond quickly and flexibly to develop those capabilities.
  • Can move easily across functional boundaries and between regular duties and special projects.

Growing at Your Company

Take Advantage of New Opportunities at Your Company

Once you’ve assessed your skills, the next step is to begin evaluating the growth opportunities available at your company and pick the most appropriate ones for you.

Many companies have an explicit process in place to enable employees to explore and pursue new opportunities.

Some companies might suggest that you visit its career management center, review the job bank, and then follow the guidelines.

Other companies ask that you talk with your supervisior. That way, he or she can become aware of your search and help you either redefine your current role or identify potential opportunities elsewhere in the organization.

Take on New Role within Your Firm

To stay competitive in today’s business environment you must update and broaden your abilities more frequently and use a wider variety of skills.

As companies reinvent themselves, new opportunities for growth emerge that no one would have dreamed of a few years ago.

That’s why you can play a proactive part in these changing times. How? By taking charge of your own career development – that is, by constantly clarifying what you want to do next and learn next and then taking the steps necessary to find those opportunities and obtain that knowledge.

Create, Deliver and Capture Value

Much of today’s job market turbulence is driven by factors beyond our personal control: recession, sweeping demographic changes, intensifying global competition, environmental issues, and so forth.

These changes are also beyond the control of most enterprises – but they profoundly affect the business models the companies use.

Because they can’t change the environment they operate in, companies must change their business models (and sometimes create new ones) in order to remain competitive.

As it turns out, these new business models themselves disrupt and cause change. That creates new opportunities for professionals who pursue a solid career development strategy effectively. They’re experts in designing disruptive business models that create, deliver and capture value, so their companies stay out in front in their markets they operate now and entering into new markets rapidly.

Navigating Your Job Change Process

Understand Your Most Passionate Business Interests

Most people have between one or three core business interests, some of which may be stronger than others.

For example, you may be fascinated by quantitative puzzles and feel great satisfaction in helping other people learn to solve problems as well.

That’s why you best determine your core interests, you could try this simple exercise.

  • Remember times when you’ve been working on projects. Which stages of a project excite you most – the idea stage, the planning stage, the execution stage, the follow-up stage.

Know Your Deepest Work Values

Most people are pretty clear about what rewards motivate them most strongly. But if you need help clarifying your work values, one way is to use checklists or worksheets.

In clarifying your work reward values, you face a common temptation to list values, you think you should have – such as altruism – and to avoid listing values you think you shouldn’t have – such as the desire for prestige or financial gain. Be as honest as you possibly can when articulating your values. Genuine answers will make it much easier for you to evaluate and choose the best possible work opportunities for you.

Capitalize on Your Strongest Skills

You could start by assessing how well your current role fits your core business interests and reward values. You can begin by compiling your thoughts and feelings, about your work responsibilities and environment.

Your record should consist of a list of what you like and don’t like about your job and work environment.

Consider what these themes tell you about your core business interests and reward values.

For example, perhaps the entries in your list suggest that you are most stimulated by helping others or applying technology or business modeling to business problems. And perhaps they indicate that you feel happiest in a role that offers a collaborative work environment, job security, or intellectual challenge.

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