In a few minutes, I'll be heading out the door to spend a day with other creative business owners, talking about what we want for our businesses in 2016. Because I'm self-employed, I have to intentionally make the space in my business life to do some reflection and planning even though in the next few weeks, I have several pieces of business I need to complete. I treasure this time...
Approximately 34% of us are doing freelance/contract work and by some predictions, this number will grow to 50% in 5 years. The career skills it takes to be successful in the gig economy are different than the skills we need for a job. Here are 8 new career skills we need to develop.
Is your career planning and development based on what's required or on what's possible? Today we're exploring how career planning based on what's required may cause you some real problems in the future.
Our tendency to connect with people who share our assumptions, ways of thinking and approaches to work can cause us big problems at work. We need to spend some time on figuring out what we don't know by connecting with people who can help us discover new ideas.
Career success in your mid-career years requires some new skills. Here are four areas where you may need to develop new competency.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Mastermind groups can be the key to success when you are looking to achieve your dreams!
Meetings are an inevitable part of our professional and personal lives. If you're lucky, you are attending or running meetings that are structured to be positive and productive, but my experience tells me that not many people are that lucky. Still, there are two simple things you can do in every meeting that will help you grow, regardless of the quality of the meeting. They are easy to incorporate and...
In today's uncertain economy, a 5-year career plan or even a 1-year plan doesn't make a lot of sense. Too much changes too quickly and we always feel like we're scrambling. A better way to plan is in 30-day increments, figuring out where you need to put your focus each month and iterating your way to career success.
Often when we set goals for ourselves, the missing link between setting the goal and achieving it is accountability. We have a plan we intend to execute, but we haven't set up ways to hold ourselves accountable for following through. As a result, we later return to our goals, wondering what happened.
A big mistake a lot of us make in our work is to confuse our careers with the jobs we have right now. This is a problem because we end up confusing job management with career management. And believe me, there's a difference. Job Management When you are managing your job, you focus on: Accomplishing current tasks and responsibilities Attending company/organization-sponsored training Networking on behalf of your company Doing things...