When people experience career satisfaction, it unleashes boundless energy, creative and capability. Yet most leaders feel ill-equiped and reluctant to have meaningful career conversations with their employees, that will assist them in finding such satisfaction.
While most employees understand they are responsible for their own careers, many are unaware of how to navigate their career pathways, and many leaders have delegated this aspect of their leadership responsibility to the HR department. With present disruptions to the job market, it’s never been easier for employees to shop around for other job opportunities, with competitor approaches made more accessible via platforms such as LinkedIn, and Search Firms mining these resources for the best candidates.
Ongoing career conversations are the key to investing in employee relationships and taking an active, dynamic and ongoing interest in their career satisfaction and development.
This book assists leaders develop their skills in holding career conversations and build this capability into their everyday leadership.
About the author ix
1 The case for proactive career development 1
Why leaders should be aware of the future of work and its impact on jobs and careers, and what leaders can do to prepare for this future
2 Reimagining careers 15
How leadership, creativity, research and analysis, together with transferable skills, can help employees reinvent themselves to align with the changing world of work
3 Fit your own mask first 25
Why self-knowledge is so important for progressive leaders seeking to help employees with their careers
4 Building career self-insight 37
How to develop self-insight for career development applications (including easy and quick practical exercises)
5 What’s your personal brand? 65
Why personal branding matters (with practical tips for successful and effective personal brand management)
6 The goal of goal setting 77
How leaders can help employees to define career goals and maintain their focus on them
7 Who motivates the motivator? 87
Untangling truths and myths of motivation to understand the involvement of our inner drivers in our pursuit of career goals
8 The skilled listener 101
How leaders can use the critical skill of deep listening in career conversations (including why this leadership capability should be continually developed)
9 Facilitating communication techniques 109
Why leaders should choose their words carefully (including the benefits of a growth mindset and how leaders can reframe their communications for better career conversations)
10 Structuring unstructured conversations 123
Why structuring unstructured career conversations works
11 Leading a career conversation 145
How to start and lead career conversations (some useful tips)
12 Ethics and protocols for career development 153
Ethical considerations and essential protocols for conducting career development conversations
13 Now you’re ready to hold career conversations! 163
A recap of learnings, and why written career plans are essential for career success (including a useful template to follow)
References and further reading 171
For leaders interested in further building their knowledge and capability in effective, self-directed career development support