Careers are personal. They’re about what we want from our work life and what we’ll risk to get it.
Navigating our career path can be lonely. What it takes to be successful isn’t always clear. The messages we get may be vague or conflicting. Our coworkers may have agendas that don’t include us.
Going it alone is how many manage their careers. That makes about as much sense as trying to lose weight, quit smoking, or master tennis without a support system. We all need someone in our corner to keep us going; they need us too.
I wrote Business Fitness: The Power to Succeed—Your Way to make managing your career easier and to get beyond the fluff.
If you’re ready to get serious about your career planning, I’d like to make it easy for you get (re)started:
For all of January 2012, I’m offering buy one get one (BOGO) free, signed copies of my book.
A great career development strategy is a powerful thing. Here’s how you can us the book to build yours.
The power of partnering
When building your career, there’s real value in partnering with someone you trust and respect, someone to hold you accountable for setting goals and staying the course for success.
There reasons galore why we benefit from the support of a partner:
- It’s difficult for us to see ourselves objectively. We need a filter.
- It’s difficult to stay motivated when things go awry, when we’ve been disappointed, and when we lose our optimism.
- It’s difficult to stay up when our self-confidence wanes, self-doubt haunts us, and opportunities have been missed.
Whether careers are exotic or mundane, they often progress in mysterious and unpredictable ways. The only aspects we control are the choices we make, the capabilities we develop, the chances we take, and the relationships we form.
Along the way, we need to build momentum around our efforts until the pieces take shape and a picture of our career emerges. A “business fitness” partner can keep us on track.
Finding career success isn’t easy. It means always pressing forward. Funny, how we continually need to push and be pushed. So give this approach a try:
- Select a single partner or small group (no more than 5)
- Agree to meet at a set day and time (at least twice monthly)
- Use your first meeting to establish ground rules, particularly confidentiality around information shared. Then share what kind of success each of you wants right now.
- Assign one chapter from Business Fitness to be read and discussed at each meeting. Agree to share answers to the inventories at each chapter end.
- After all the chapters have been discussed, go back and (re)write your career goals and share. Hold each other accountable for specific statements.
- Use each subsequent meeting to review progress on goals, provide insights and support, and identify ways to help each other move forward.
- Make the meetings and the process fun!
This process is part book club, mastermind group, and individual mentoring/coaching. As you progress, you’ll come up with endless next steps that will build your capabilities, strengthen your self-confidence, and deepen relationships.
Career building takes discipline. There are no shortcuts that are sustainable. When we’re at our best, we feel business fit. To get there, we need each other.