Over the next month I will be writing content on how to apply the “Know” step of the Career Strategy Framework. As I have worked with colleagues over the years to apply the framework I have received feedback that the Know step is generally the most challenging. It inspires curiosity of who we are, what is important and who we want to become. Many people struggle with the “what do you want to be when you get older” question and how that relates to your passions in life. I find that many people have a hard time starting to define a career strategy or make a career transition because they are not deeply in touch with these basic questions in life.
One of the most important aspects of building your career strategy is to understand what brings you energy and what drains your energy. I have used Marshall Goldsmith’s book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It as an incredible reference that helped me build my “personal profile” that is a deliverable from the Know step. I highly recommend the Mojo book if you are just starting out to develop a career strategy or perhaps at a career crossroads. Applying the concepts in the Mojo book will enable you to:
Define what is important to your life
Determine what brings you happiness and meaning
Define or clarify you desired identity
Shape your reputation
I am such a fan of this book that I recommended it to a group of people who are at the early stages of building their career strategy and plan. We will see who can find and measure their Mojo!
My name is James Gray and the “Career Strategy Framework” is a a synthesis of my work experiences, MBA studies and research to maximize life happiness and career impact. This topic is an intersection of my passions including strategy, marketing, management and analytics. I developed the framework back in 2006 as I planned for a career transition and have refined it over the years as a manager at Microsoft. I was driven to architect a career planning process that was intentional, practical and one that took a holistic to approach to not only my career but was integrated into other aspects of my life. There are many deep topics and theories on career planning and strategy but I never found an approach that pulled together all of the pieces to plan and execute a career. I found myself taking personal assessments and creating development plans in disjointed manner. The 5 strategies represent a “framework” or model that can be used as a lens and process to create and refine your personal career strategy. Over the years I have called it a framework because it’s always under refinement and when I find new concepts from thought leaders I find a what to plug into the career strategy model.
The aspiration of this website is to share the framework and best practices to help people maximize happiness and realize a fulfilling career. My hope is that it inspires curiousity about the life you live and optimizes fulfillment at the workplace and beyond. The framework does not guarantee success but it will take you on journey to deeply learn about who you are, what you want in life and and how to get there. Many of the concepts are not new but the framework integrates five strategies into simple and intentional way to approach your career lifecycle. I share my applied examples and the best practices from other thought leaders on this topic.
You can reference the Career Strategy Framework overview and the detailed content on the Know, Target, Roadmap, Develop and Sell strategies. My blog posts are also categorized by these same topics and provide additional examples and ideas beyond the written content. Over the years I have learned more about myself and how to enrich the Career Strategy Framework through presentations and helping fellow colleagues apply this framework to their careers. I hope that you will share your best practices to inpsire others to maximize happiness and career impact.
Over the last year colleagues have suggested I write a book but after I thought about it more it was clear that most of the value comes from a community where we can learn from and inspire each other. My vision is a framework where others can contribute to, evolve and apply it in a way that I have never imagined. I have integrated this website into the Facebook Platform to enable a sense of “community” and I hope that you will share your best practices to inspire others to maximize happiness and career impact. You can also follow this topic on Twitter (@CareerFramework) and connect on the Career Strategy Framework Community Facebook Page.
May each day bring you the happiness you aspire for.