I am overwhelmed by the responses to my first blog. Your comments are encouraging and valuable. Some have written directly on the blog while others have replied to my email. I am deeply honored that you took the time to read the posting. Most of you thought that the blog is fitting. In his humorous way, Yongwoo faulted me for not advising him early in his career.
Thank you all. Your comments bring out the fact that our situations are different and you have to manage your career conversations in a manner that is appropriate to the circumstance. For instance, TN stated that knowing your audience well is critical and that we have to assess the situation before entering into the discussion. CL used a different strategy for her conversation. She discussed her goals and objectives with her managers regularly. In this manner, her managers got to know her better.
Many organizations encourage career conversations. Unfortunately, there are some that don’t. Even for organizations that encourage them, Mathia advised that they have to be done in an open and non-threatening manner. The bosses and the associates need to play their parts. It cannot be a one-sided affair. According to SC, high potential talents must display some courage in taking on assignments given. Taj did just that. He had his talent spotted constantly and took on all the opportunities given. Otherwise as VS suggested there will be missed opportunities and, as Jason said, one can end up as an “unpolished gemstone”.
Preparation is key to a successful conversation. It may also make the conversation more comfortable. Anjum knows its importance even when he dislikes having them. Jason attested that communication and persuasive skills are needed. In preparing for the conversation, Mariam mentioned the importance of a personal vision. Tsui Chern’s “elevator speech” is a great way to get a clear and succinct message across. In addition, Mathia asked us to take advantage of tools that can assist us in career discussions. Anuraag reminded us to be sincere in expressing our feelings. Finally, timing is important. Bil noticed the need to find an opportune time to have these conversations. For those who organizations have scheduled time, you are fortunate.
I am grateful to all of you and I am encouraged to continue. So be on the lookout for the next posting -- “To disagree, first learn to agree.”