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Don't wait for someone else to manage your career.The days of HR-sponsored development plans are over. Managing your career--and the skills you need to be successful--is your responsibility. If you're looking to push yourself to the next level, it can be hard to determine where to start.The HBR Guide to Your Professional Growth will be your coach, transforming your abstrac Don't wait for someone else to manage your career.The days of HR-sponsored development plans are over. Managing your career--and the skills you need to be successful--is your responsibility. If you're looking to push yourself to the next level, it can be hard to determine where to start.The HBR Guide to Your Professional Growth will be your coach, transforming your abstract hopes and ideas into a concrete action plan. No matter where you are in your career, this guide will help you: Assess your current skills--and acquire new ones Elicit feedback you can use Set meaningful--and achievable--goals Make time for learning Play to your strengths Identify your next challenge Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.


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Don't wait for someone else to manage your career.The days of HR-sponsored development plans are over. Managing your career--and the skills you need to be successful--is your responsibility. If you're looking to push yourself to the next level, it can be hard to determine where to start.The HBR Guide to Your Professional Growth will be your coach, transforming your abstrac Don't wait for someone else to manage your career.The days of HR-sponsored development plans are over. Managing your career--and the skills you need to be successful--is your responsibility. If you're looking to push yourself to the next level, it can be hard to determine where to start.The HBR Guide to Your Professional Growth will be your coach, transforming your abstract hopes and ideas into a concrete action plan. No matter where you are in your career, this guide will help you: Assess your current skills--and acquire new ones Elicit feedback you can use Set meaningful--and achievable--goals Make time for learning Play to your strengths Identify your next challenge Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Lim Lyn

    Lots of interesting short articles all condense in a book . I wish they would go a little deeper in some topics but I guess for its size it does provide a good initial insight. What I found useful was 1. Framework to learn a new skill on the job - Observe : watch behaviours of someone with the competency you desire and analyse what they do well - Practice: find situations to practice the new skill by planning for it -PArtner and problem solve : work with the person you want to emulate to solve a prob Lots of interesting short articles all condense in a book . I wish they would go a little deeper in some topics but I guess for its size it does provide a good initial insight. What I found useful was 1. Framework to learn a new skill on the job - Observe : watch behaviours of someone with the competency you desire and analyse what they do well - Practice: find situations to practice the new skill by planning for it -PArtner and problem solve : work with the person you want to emulate to solve a problem - take responsibility: got the skill and take ownership and be known as the go to for that topic 2. Asking for actionable feedback , when feedback is vague without examples - how might I develop X skills - can you share examples of x that I displayed this trait - anything else 3. The book shares a list of complementary skills that can boost or enhance an existing skill that you have . I thought this was an interesting concept how certain related skills together produce a boost in your existing skill from good to great . So often being good is not good enough 4. The importance of getting feedback from others to identify gaps that we can’t identify or aren’t aware of 5. Self reflection is important to access where we are going or to analyse what have we learned from this situation . Too often we don’t do it as it feels as we need to be always doing something , self reflection feels like we aren’t doing anything 6. Feeling bored or no longer growing ? First look within the organisation for chances to - take on stretch assignments - start a side project in an area that you are interested in - rule of thumb for growth is that you should have 50-70% chance of succeeding in that new role 7. What skills to learn ? list down what you want to learn and check if it fits the criteria of - are you interested in that skill - is that skill-needed or prized in your company/ industry - are you committed to learn that skill - once selected think of ways to implement that skill so that you aren’t passively consuming it . We learn better and become second nature when we do things I -

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nala Gasull

    It got a little bit repetitive in the middle, but otherwise had some pretty interesting articles

  3. 4 out of 5

    Archit

    Takeaways: 1. Chapter 1 – reaching your potential by Robert Kaplan • Know yourself – write down 2-3 strengths/ weakness • Put company’s interests ahead of your own/ colleagues’ • Adopt an owner’s mindset 2. Chapter 2 – Developing a Strategy for a Life of Meaningful Labor by Brian Fetherstonhaugh • Stage 1 – start of career through mid-thirties – take up special assignments at work, online courses, join an NGO • Stage 2 - late 30s to early 50s – build on strengths • Stage 3 – beyond 50s – reverse mentori Takeaways: 1. Chapter 1 – reaching your potential by Robert Kaplan • Know yourself – write down 2-3 strengths/ weakness • Put company’s interests ahead of your own/ colleagues’ • Adopt an owner’s mindset 2. Chapter 2 – Developing a Strategy for a Life of Meaningful Labor by Brian Fetherstonhaugh • Stage 1 – start of career through mid-thirties – take up special assignments at work, online courses, join an NGO • Stage 2 - late 30s to early 50s – build on strengths • Stage 3 – beyond 50s – reverse mentoring, stay relevant, research • Career fuel – transportable skills, meaningful experiences & enduring relationships 3. Chapter 3 - Think strategically about your career development by Donnie Clark • Make time for strategic reflection • Pre-write your resume – put yourself 5 years into the future, write your resume as you envision it including new title, responsibilities • Invest in Deep work, build external reputation - blogging for industry journals, speak at conferences 4. Chapter 4 – career self assessment worksheet 5. Chapter 5 - Self awareness by tasha eurich • Internal & external self awareness • Introspection done is generally incorrect i.e. people focus on “why” eg. “why” do I feel terrible. Instead, focus on “what” i.e. what are the situations that made me feel “terrible” 6. Chapter 6 - Make time for self-reflection by Jennifer porter 7. Chapter 7 – make yourself indispensable – john zenger • Non-linear development – i.e. work on complementary skills 8. Chapter 8 – play your strengths – laura morgan Roberts • Paradox of human psychology – people remember criticism but respond to praise. Hence, criticism makes them defensive & unlikely to change, while praise produces confidence • RBS Test (Reflected Best Self) – available on University of michigan’s site • Format of feedback letter to be sent to colleagues: Dear Colleague, I’m currently working on creating a personal development plan. As part of that process, I’m gathering feedback from a variety of people I work with closely to help me develop a broader understanding of the strengths I bring to our work. I’m hoping you’ll be willing to share your thoughts with me. From your perspective, what would you say my professional strengths are? Just two or three would be helpful, and if you could cite a specific example of situations where I used those in ways that were meaningful to you, that would be great. Your candid feedback and examples will help me shape my development plan. Thank you for taking the time to help me. 9. Chapter 9 – get the feedback you need – Carolyn O hara • Do it in real time i.e. don’t wait for performance reviews • Pose specific questions – do not ask “any feedback for me?” Ask “how” or “what” i.e. what’s one thing I could have done better in the meeting • Press for details i.e. if you get “you are not assertive”, ask “how can I be more assertive” • In virtual environment, it gets hard to seek feedback, so pick up the phone. Don’t rely on emails 10. Chapter 10 – actionable feedback to get your promoted - Sabina Nawaz 11. Chapter 11 – 9 things successful people do differently • Get specific – lose 5 pounds v/s lose weight • Seize the moment i.e. plan specifics • Know exactly how far you have left to go i.e. track progress • Be a realistic optimist • Focus on getting better rather than being good • Have grit • Build “will-power” muscle • Don’t multi-task • Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do – thought suppression reinforces the thoughts! 12. Chapter 12 – setting goals you don’t actually care about by Elizabeth Saunders 13. Chapter 19 – make yourself an expert • Observation, Practice, partnering, taking responsibility 14. Chapter 26 – having the “here’s what I want” conversation with the boss • For eg. if you are targeting for a promotion, you could ask “now that I’ve been in this role for 2 years, what actions would it take to advance to the next level” • Assuming things are different 6 months from now (say promotion freeze lifted off), what are the chances of getting a promotion • What specifically do I need to do to achieve it • If no to salary hike, then ask for an extra week of paid leave, continuous education payment 15. Chapter 27 – how to ask for a promotion • Reflect – be ready for a “what have you done for me” question; prepare a one pager to convey your “track record” • Examples – “I’m excited to be here and make an impact, here is the impact I’ve already made. I would like to have ongoing discussions with you about what it would take to get to the next level.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dominique

    As with every book in the "HBR Guide to" series, this one is full of practical help for anyone in business, regardless of the industry. As with every book in the "HBR Guide to" series, this one is full of practical help for anyone in business, regardless of the industry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Koh Chao Yang

    Great book Fantastic read. Definitely helped me in terms of what I’m planning to do in the coming year. Recommend to all mid career switchers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Prakash Jha

    Covers all topics, a middle manager needs to understand to route its professional growth

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nightingale

    I found this book (basically a collection of short essays on various topics related to professional growth) easy to read in small chunks of a couple of essays at a time. Some great insights and food for thought.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Aik

    A good primer for building on the key areas to bring you through your career. Recommended for those starting out in their career.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rohith

    plenty of useful chapters are there, very insightful

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lalbiakmawia Ngente

    Condense and quite interesting, but repetitive at times. Overall, a good guide and worth the time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ohkeun Kwon

    just skimmed.. not so seriously..

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nuru Fisha

  13. 4 out of 5

    Harvir Sandhu

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eyal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Omar S. Rajji

  16. 4 out of 5

    Davit Rachvelishvili

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Mackey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Oketcho

  19. 4 out of 5

    TONY AGUS

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tomo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheril

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kiona Meade

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ayyappan Lakshminarayanan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zoraiz

  25. 5 out of 5

    KW

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greg Rduch

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Fritzke

  28. 5 out of 5

    Evan Connell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wen Xiang

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lee Siu Ping

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