When Michelle Baker, Brittney Helt and I were starting this book we had long discussions about who the audience would be. We focused on writing a simple “How To” guide for busy managers. We knew (because we live it too) that everyone has too much to do. It’s tough for managers to prioritize time with each team member, and good managers want provide their staff with a fair chance when the career opportunities occurred. Employees who don’t get feedback and opportunities leave managers/ companies. But how can you make it work in the chaos of constant busy-ness?
In this newsletter, I’m going to share the steps to a Career Map. We called this book Talent GPS (purchase book here) because we believe that career choices can change over time, just like a GPS adjusts for the reality of the road. Although the book is written for a Manager to provide a Career Map process to employees, the Career Map is valuable for managers own self-reflection as well. In parallel, Managers and their Staff are tuning their picture of the future opportunities. The Career Map, revisited at least annually, provides template for focus and adjustment. Here are the seven high level areas of reflection:
- Your Personal Purpose Statement
- Key Accountabilities
- Roles and Impact
- Career Strategy
- Succession Plan