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  • Career Collaborators 7:41 pm on 09/15/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: career conversations, career decisions, career progression, proactive career planning, women and careers   

    Proactive Career Management – Some Advice 

    Ruth Malloy, global managing director, leadership and talent, Hay Group provides great advice on how people can make intentional career decisions and devise proactive strategies to get there. Are you making intentional career choices and thinking, proactively about your career? Give us some ideas of what you are doing.


  • Career Collaborators 10:44 am on 07/09/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Do You Want to Quit (Your Career)? 

    Over half of U.S.-based employees want to change not only their jobs but their careers. According to this author, companies shouldn’t wait until the exit interview of their key employees to have career conversations. To learn more about how organizations can easily implement a program to do just that, check out Career Collaborators: Building Career Communities.

    • Andrea 9:21 am on 07/15/2013 Permalink | Reply

      My company will be hearing (an earful) about why I’m leaving when I have my exit interview next month. Why? Because nobody between me and the executive director (a LOT of people) wants to hear input, ask questions or consider any aspects of employee engagement. It’s sad. Maybe I’ll email the directress this link 😉

    • Career Collaborators 1:14 pm on 07/15/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear that communication channels in your organization weren’t conducive to dialogue between employees and management, Andrea. Perhaps in your next role you can try to talk, upfront, to your manager about how important feedback is to helping you do the best job possible. If you frame it as seeking ways to continue learning and improving your performance, you might get a head-start on open communication. Good luck.

  • Career Collaborators 12:03 pm on 03/01/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cal Newport, career conversations, , career passion, career rewards,   

    Do NOT Follow Your Passion? 

    Here’s some interesting career advice. Cal Newport, an assistant professor at Georgetown University and author of the book So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Hachette/Grand Central, 2012) spent years decoding patterns of success in the working world. He believes that “follow your passion” advice is dangerous and people would be better off “working right,” which he defines as “mastering a skill that is rare and valuable,” and “cashing in the career capital this skill generates for the right rewards.”

    What skill(s) do you have that are both rare and valuable, and what are the right rewards for you?

    Contact Career Collaborators for more about career conversations.

  • Career Collaborators 7:27 pm on 01/08/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: career conversations, , employee motivation, engagement,   

    2013 Will Be a Better Year For Jobs, Economy 

    According to The Randstad Engagement Index (Nov. 2012), U.S. workers believe 2013 will be a better year for jobs with 47% of employees saying they plan to explore their options as the market picks up.  Jim Link, Managing Director of HR for Randstad U.S. says “…employee engagement will be increasingly important for companies’ retention efforts.  This is why it is so valuable for employers to analyze and understand what motivates their most important asset–talent.”

    How does your organization determine what motivates you?  If asked, could you answer the question with enough detail so that you and your manager could have a realistic conversation about your needs and the organization’s needs?  We have some great ideas–let’s talk. http://www.careercollaborators.com

  • Career Collaborators 2:25 pm on 12/15/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agile workforce, , career conversations, , career friendly continuum, ,   

    How To Become a Career-Friendly Organization™ new white paper available now 

    Here are some ideas for balancing organizational and employee needs and ten questions to determine where you are on the “career-friendly” continuum. http://tinyurl.com/clj4zg3

    Check out our complimentary white paper and let us know what you think.

  • Career Collaborators 5:49 pm on 11/15/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: career conversations, career dreams, , ,   

    Developing Life-Long Career Skills 

    Many organizations today are emphasizing “self-directed career development”–putting employees in charge of their own careers with accountability for charting career journeys and assuming responsibility for seeking out what they need for career development. While that might be empowering to some employees, others ask: Where do I begin?  What do I need to know or do?  Who will help me?

    We think that there are several critical career skills that could be good places to start.  For example:

    1. Start with the end in mind. Although it may be difficult for many people to project far into the future, it could be useful to ponder what you would like to have achieved by the time you retire or stop working steadily or discontinue full-time work, even for a short period.  Then, work backward from where you are now to where you want to be at that point.
    2. Consider your hopes, dreams and aspirations.  What would you do if money did not matter?  What did you want to be when you were growing up?  What if you could change direction right now?  What would you be doing?
    3. What are your strongly held values—those core beliefs that guide your life?  How do they impact what you want to do or contribute to this world?
    4. What are your attributes and skills–both functional, industry and transferable skills? Which do you most enjoy using?
    5. What are the challenges and barriers you might encounter if you changed career directions?  What would it mean to your life if you could achieve any or all of your career dreams?

    If you can reflect on these questions and have meaningful conversations about your answers–career conversations–you could be well on your way to developing life-long career skills. Careers are about journeys not destinations, and your journey make take many detours.  Hone these skills and come back to them often.  Tell us how you do or what questions you have. Let’s have a career conversation.


  • Career Collaborators 1:08 pm on 09/12/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Great new book: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go 

  • Career Collaborators 9:01 pm on 08/30/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Have You Planned the Stops on Your Career Journey? 

    In his 2007 book, The New American Workplace, Professor Ed Lawler wrote:

    “In the past, choosing a career was like buying a one-way train ticket from Rome to Copenhagen on a local train that made all the stops along the way….Today choosing a career is more like buying a lifelong Eurailpass, with no set final destination, no fixed travel agenda, and no timetable.”

    While the freedom of an unplanned career journey might be exciting to some, to others, it represents an uncertain future and begs the question of where to begin.

    We think that peer career communities are good places to have those conversations. Taking time to ask “what if” questions about your career and what it would take to make those stops as well as where your final career destination might be are the types of questions that generate high-involvement career conversations. What questions would you ask your career community?  For a conversation on how to build career communities, contact us at http://www.careercollaborators.com.

  • Career Collaborators 4:43 pm on 07/08/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Meaningful Conversations for Career Development at Johnson & Johnson 

    Listen to J&J leaders explain how career conversations provided them with useful feedback and career support. http://tinyurl.com/76vq4j4
    What were the most meaningful career conversations you have had? What types of questions would you ask your colleagues if you had access to a peer career community? Let’s keep the conversations going.

  • Career Collaborators 7:39 pm on 07/07/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Beverly Kaye Explains How to Have Career Conversations Employees Want 

    Excerpted from their soon to be published book, Help them Grow or Watch Them Go, Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni help managers rethink career development through the human act of conversation. Their advice–don’t dwell on meticulous documentation; careers are developed one conversation at a time, over time. We at Career Collaborators agree, and we advocate building peer career communities to extend those conversations and build even more robust career conversations.

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