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YOUR BEST ROUTE TO CAREER SUCCESS
CREATE A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN YOU OWN AND CONTROL!
Take control of your career by taking control of your own learning and development! Nobody will do it for you anymore: you have to do it yourself. Start now, and you’ll be miles ahead of everyone who’s still waiting for help!
Driving Career Results brings together all the tools, ideas, plans, and techniques you’ll need. World-class HR expert Linda Brenner has helped tens of thousands of businesspeople succeed. Now, she helps you assess your personal strengths and opportunities, and then systematically improve in a manageable, practical way.
Brenner offers expert tips for leveraging strengths and improving development areas in areas such as judgment, problem-solving, creativity, trust, influence, teamwork, planning, business acumen, customer focus, grit, technical savvy, communications, collaboration, integrity, accountability, curiosity, innovation, courage, and more. You’ll learn where to start, what to prioritize, how to commit to a personal plan of action…and how to make it happen!
Are you waiting around for someone to “develop” you? You may be waiting a long time. Nowadays, you’re in the driver’s seat of your own career, whether you know it or not. Corporations don’t have the time and energy it takes to truly help you learn and improve. It’s all on you.
Driving Career Results shows you how to drive your own development…simply, effectively, and at virtually no cost.
Whether you’re targeting a more challenging, higher-paying role or your very first job, this book is for you. (And if you’re an HR leader, this book will help you implement self-directed development in your organization!) Step by step, Linda Brenner helps you:
Whatever your career goals are, there’s only one way to get where you want to be: drive your own learning and development!
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Chapter 1: The Importance of Driving Your Own Development 1
Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Directed Development 2
How This Book Is Organized 11
Assess Yourself 12
Before You Begin 13
Definitions of Behaviors 23
Chapter 2: Competency: Demonstrates Thinking and Judgment 31
Overview of Competency 31
Behavior 1: Is a Problem Solver 31
Behavior 2: Embraces and Applies Creativity 37
Behavior 3: Makes Objective Decisions 42
Behavior 4: Finds, Creates, and Leverages Data 47
Behavior 5: Takes Calculated Risks 51
Chapter 3: Competency: Engages and Develops People 57
Overview of Competency 57
Behavior 1: Builds Trusted Relationships 57
Behavior 2: Influences Others 62
Behavior 3: Promotes Teamwork 67
Chapter 4: Competency: Delivers Results 73
Overview of Competency 73
Behavior 1: Demonstrates Business Acumen 73
Behavior 2: Champions Customer Focus 80
Behavior 3: Plans and Organizes 87
Behavior 4: Sets and Drives Priorities 93
Behavior 5: Overcomes Obstacles 99
Behavior 6: Demonstrates Technological Savvy 106
Chapter 5: Competency: Communicates Effectively 111
Overview of Competency 111
Behavior 1: Writes Effectively 111
Behavior 2: Tailors Interpersonal Approach 115
Behavior 3: Shares Information 122
Behavior 4: Develops and Delivers Compelling Presentations 127
Behavior 5: Collaborates Across Boundaries 135
Behavior 6: Adopts a Cross-Cultural Mindset 139
Chapter 6: Competency: Demonstrates Personal Excellence 145
Overview of Competency 145
Behavior 1: Demonstrates Integrity 145
Behavior 2: Relishes Accountability 150
Behavior 3: Exhibits Intellectual Curiosity 158
Behavior 4: Develops Self 162
Chapter 7: Development Library for Leaders 169
Behavior 1: Challenges Norms Appropriately 169
Behavior 2: Manages Courageously 178
Behavior 3: Navigates Ambiguity 182
Behavior 4: Creates a Culture of Innovation 187
Behavior 5: Motivates Others 191
Behavior 6: Selects Talent 198
Behavior 7: Develops Others 204
Chapter 8: Commit to a Plan of Action 211
Individual Development Plan Example 211
Best Practices for Development Planning 213
Chapter 9: For HR Leaders Only: Tips for Implementing Self-Directed Employee Development 215
Identify the Need for Change 216
Identify Key Stakeholders 216
Gain Agreement on the Objective 216
Confirm Scope and Goals 217
Get Approval to Move Forward 217
Develop or Identify Tools and Technology 217
Identify Pilot Participants 218
Develop Communications and Training Materials 218
Implement the Pilot 219
Track Adoption and Results 219
Expand More Broadly 220