I love working with careerists at different levels of their leadership lives. Some are CEOs, some are middle managers and others are sales reps trying to build a book of business toward financial freedom. All of them are awesome because they are personally invested in their success and actively engaged in lifelong learning while working their plan and planning their work. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, a model for executive learning known as the 70-20-10 rule, calls for engaged development in three key areas: challenging assignments(70%), developmental relationships(20%) and coursework and training(10%).
Leaders that commit to personal and career mastery are well advised to consider this framework. I shared this theory recently at a workshop for executives in transition to encourage them to take a truthful look at how they were improving their leadership lives during the job search. I shared stories of several clients that had landed on their feet by creatively leveraging one, two or three of these tasks toward success. One client studied for another national certification to sharpen her skills(coursework and training 10%), while another volunteered to get noticed as an influencing and productive worker in hopes of getting a job offer(developmental relationships 20%). Both stategies resulted in success but I’ve noticed that many professionals get complacent when they gain employment and I feel that this is a big miss.
As the world continues to change rapidly, it has never been more important to keep skilling up. Never stop cultivating your networks, always be a beginner at learning something new and no matter how tired you are, try to embrace a stretch assignment even if it means simply downloading a new app that’s brain worthy. In other words, don’t forget to be awesome. It will pay big dividends, personally and professionally!