Start Your Career Strategy With “Know”

Architecting a career strategy can be overwhelming and knowing where to start is often a challenge.   The Career Strategy Framework “Know” process is generally where I recommend people start.  It forms the foundation for setting strategy by defining what is important, the attributes that describe you and your brand promise.  The output of the Know process use is used to define a target market and value proposition as described in the diagram below. The Know process attempts to answer the following questions: What is important? Who are you? What is your life purpose? What roles do you play in life? What is happiness? What identity are…

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Career Strategy For Our Youth

What could be more important than setting our youth up for success in life?  I would argue that "career strategy" is just as important for our youth than it is for us who are working professionals. Making a transition from high school to the next phase of a young person's learning journey can be a big step and one that influences the rest of our life.  The people we meet, the content we learn and the experiences we live.  But how much "career strategy" is really discussed at this early phase in life?  I have a hypothesis that many of the principles of…

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A Fathers Day Reflection

Each day we are challenged how best to allocate our time and make decisions that drive success and happiness.  Earlier this week I shared a post "A Model to Prioritize and Measure Life" that described an approach I have used over the last six years to help reduce this challenge.  I am sharing another recent example how this model helped me make a decision that aligned with my broader life goals. My wife and kids have been wanting a dog for many months and the thought of a dog in the addition to all of the daily demands was stressing me out.  I could feel the…

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A Model To Prioritize and Measure Life

Where and how much time you allocate to activities in your life is in essence the reality of what you think is important. Many people live life each day unconscious to internalizing what is important let alone measuring if they are on track.   I share a simple, strategic "What's Important" model I have used over the last six years that in many ways has guided my life choices and how best to allocate my precious time to drive happiness.  The initial catalyst in early 2006 was to improve my career plan but I quickly broadened the approach to my life. I first started with a simple definition of my life purpose and this…

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Use Mojo to Shape Your Career Strategy

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…

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