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Driving Career Results: How to Manage Self-Directed Employee Development

Driving Career Results: How to Manage Self-Directed Employee Development

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-438183-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-438183-1



  • Complete, easy-to-use Individual Development Planning template for you or your colleagues
  • Hundreds of bite-sized, practical, no cost ways to take charge of your own development
  • Plus Exclusive HR Tips for implementing Self-Directed Employee Development at your company

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:

  • Identify your greatest strengths and most critical areas to improve
  • Build your individual development plan
  • Choose from hundreds of free, bite-sized, media-rich, self-directed development ideas
  • Collaborate more successfully with colleagues and your manager
  • Track your progress in self-development

Whatever your career goals are, there’s only one way to get where you want to be: drive your own learning and development!

For more information, check out our companion app at www.skillsify.com.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

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

Conclusion    30

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

Introduction    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

Conclusion    220

Index    221


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