Having a career development conversation with your leader can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be hard. By planning for the conversation, being honest about your short-term and long-term goals, establishing clarity around how your learning plan ties into the business need and asking for actionable feedback, you can own your development and drive your career forward.
We struggle with conversations not because we don’t know the right thing to say, but because we are poor listeners. While conventional science has preached that we seek to listen to understand, not to respond, we need to take it one step further – listen to connect, not judge or reject. When we do so, we expand the space between us and others. We create a greater shared meaning, enable trust, and become better communicators.
What’s in a job title anyway? Job titles serve as a representation of who we are. We tout them around at work and in social or networking environments, but they often fall short of describing who we are and what we do. What if we could re-invent the system and create our own job titles? What would yours be?