Are You Maintaining the ‘Health’ of Your Career?
If you had to define your career as an automobile, would it be that sleek sports car that purrs like a kitten or that mostly reliable box on wheels….the one making that strange noise you pretend you aren’t hearing? The analogy sounds quaint, but it is very relevant to everyone’s career.
Most people understand the importance of their car – it is an absolute necessity that takes you where you need to go. When things go wrong with your car, you fix it. The same should be true of your professional career life as well.
However, many put their career maintenance on cruise control. Once they are secure in a job, they are “too busy” to update their resume. They become very proficient at their duties, and rest in the comfort zone of their abilities (translation: hesitate to stray from what they know well & develop new skills).
Everyone has that list of things we are not happy with at work. Many of these list items are rooted in our own weaknesses or areas we could improve if WE developed and changed. But we complain about the list on a regular basis but do nothing – or sweep it under the rug and let it fester (….strange noise you pretend not to hear, anyone?).
Every professional should have a dynamic road map of where they want their career to take them and what maintenance is required to get them there. And for CEOs and Executive Management, that plan is far more critical and detailed. According to Peter Economy (in his Inc.com article: “Top 10 Skills Every Great Leader Needs to Succeed”), the successful leader must:
- Inspire & Motivate Others
- Display Honesty & Integrity
- Analyze Issues & Solve Problems
- Make Things Happen
- Communicate Powerfully & Prolifically
- Build Relationships
- Possess Professional Expertise
- Maintain a Strategic Perspective
- Develop Others
- Champion Change
That can be a tall order for even the most development savvy CEO or Executive Leader. So how does one develop their proficiency in these diverse categories? Professional Career Coaching. So what are you waiting for? Investigate today how Executive Coaching can help your career succeed tomorrow. Or would you rather just pretend you don’t hear that strange noise?
Reginald Winston, MSOD
President & CEO, RJ Winston Consulting, Inc.
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