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3. Let Hindsight Light the Way

Kaye, Beverly; Winkle Giulioni, Julie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

My interview for this job was so great. The manager was really interested in learning about my background and how I’d applied myself in the past. He asked great, probing questions that really challenged me to think. I sure wish he would “interview” me like that again now that I’ve got the job.

—an employee (perhaps yours)

 

Imagine if the job interview was the beginning of an ongoing conversational thread throughout someone’s career. Imagine uncovering layer upon layer of your employees’ skills, abilities, interests, and more—right up to the day they retire. Imagine what you could do with that information. Imagine what employees could do with it.

You can enable career-advancing self-awareness by helping employees take stock of where they’ve been, what they’ve done, and who they are. Looking backward thoughtfully is what hindsight conversations are all about. They surface what people need to know and understand about themselves to approach future career steps in a productive and satisfying way.

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3. Let Hindsight Light the Way

Kaye, Beverly; Winkle Giulioni, Julie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

My interview for this job was so great. The manager was really interested in learning about my background and how I’d applied myself in the past. He asked great, probing questions that really challenged me to think. I sure wish he would “interview” me like that again now that I’ve got the job.

—an employee (perhaps yours)

 

Imagine if the job interview was the beginning of an ongoing conversational thread throughout someone’s career. Imagine uncovering layer upon layer of your employees’ skills, abilities, interests, and more—right up to the day they retire. Imagine what you could do with that information. Imagine what employees could do with it.

You can enable career-advancing self-awareness by helping employees take stock of where they’ve been, what they’ve done, and who they are. Looking backward thoughtfully is what hindsight conversations are all about. They surface what people need to know and understand about themselves to approach future career steps in a productive and satisfying way.

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1. Develop Me or I’m History

Kaye, Beverly; Winkle Giulioni, Julie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

 

Spending 40-60-80 hours somewhere each week … I want it to mean something. I want to feel like I’m moving forward somehow. If I can’t grow here, I’ve gotta look elsewhere.

—an employee (perhaps yours)

The decision to assume a management role in today’s workplace comes with a front-row seat to some of the greatest business challenges of our time. Day in and day out, you must

Do more with less. It’s become cliché, but it permeates life at work. You’ve likely become a master at finding ways to reduce costs, time, and other resources below levels you never imagined were possible.

Meet ever-expanding expectations. Every quarter, you’re asked to do a little (or a lot) more. Bigger sales. Greater numbers of service interactions. More projects. Higher scores.

Continuously improve quality. Good enough isn’t. Given the competition in today’s global market, perfection is the standard—until it’s met and you have to do even better.

Deliver the next big thing. Most organizations believe that if they’re not moving forward, they’re sliding back. Innovation gets its picture on business magazine covers because it represents the promise of greater success.

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9. Grow with the Flow

Kaye, Beverly; Winkle Giulioni, Julie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

For me, it doesn’t have to be a big sit-down meeting. In fact, I’d rather it wasn’t. Doesn’t it seem odd that something as important and personal as someone’s career is put on an annual schedule … sort of like a termite inspection?

—an employee (perhaps yours)

Want real results? Take career development off the calendar and bring it into real everyday life.

Don’t get us wrong. Organizations need individual development planning (IDP) schedules and processes to ensure that career conversations happen. For some employees, it’s the only way a development dialogue might ever occur. (Our research indicates that even with those processes in place, nearly 20 percent of those polled still don’t get the “annual inspection.”)

So, we’re all for the regular, planned career conversations—but alone, they just don’t cut it.

What’s needed is a more contemporary, organic, and effective way to supplement the scheduled with the spontaneous—to build development into the eternally evolving fabric of the workplace.

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Kaye, Beverly; Winkle Giulioni, Julie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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