Ten years ago I began pursuing an experiment at Microsoft to evangelize a strategic approach to career planning that would take me on journey I never expected. The hypothesis was simple - mutual success and impact could be optimized when there is a great match between the talent needs of the business and the personal aspirations of employees. A powerful idea but yet rarely practiced. The Experiment The challenge was that many professionals did not know who they really were, where they were going and what they wanted. Equally, managers often did not outline the current and future talent needs…
Sundays were always the day that I would talk to my Dad on the phone and every weekend is reminder how much I miss his voice and guidance. He passed away two years ago and I can still vividly remember the last few days we spent together prior to his passing. My father successfully battled cancer eight different times but I knew this time was different.
The “Sell” principle of the Career Strategy Framework is an important strategy to:
- clearly position and communicate your value proposition
- make it believable through specific achievements and references from others
- increase your brand awareness through trusted connections
Use the LinkedIn Ultimate Cheat Sheet to improve your profile by making any adjustments that support your current career strategy.
This time of year is a perfect opportunity to reflect on life and identify aspects you want to change in 2016. Over the course of our life and each year we collect fond memories but also baggage that weighs us down from becoming the person we want to be or moving forward with the life we want. My personal journey and reflection led to the definition of this “Know” principle a few years ago:
Know what you need to leave behind to make room for the new life you envision.
Robert Waldinger shares three important lessons learned on how to build a fulfilling, long life. This extensive data-driven Harvard study reminds us what we already know but often fail to prioritize and invest in over the course of our career and life. As I reflected on the wisdom shared by Robert Waldinger, it resonated with a few principles I have shared as part of the Career Strategy Framework: Know what's important - do your priorities and time include investing in relationships across your career and broader life? Many of us play multiple roles and there are often different relationship expectations…