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Building Your Foundation

Building Your FoundationA Focus on Career Development and You

James Van Doren, Career Development Manager copyright: J. Van Doren 2017


Our AgendaOverview of the day: Agenda, Ground rules, OutcomeIntroductionsCareer Development: What is itFocusing on AspirationsThe Development ProcessAssessment: Where am I now, Where do I thriveIdentifying Our SkillsIdentifying Spaces for GrowthApplying SMART to Our AspirationsReview components of our development planResources for Youcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017


Ground Rulescopyright: J. Van Doren 2017The same time for everyone everyone should have the opportunity & time to speak and participate.

Be positive and constructive when commenting, sharing, or offering suggestions.

Share your own story feel free to share what you said & what you learned.

Be present & ready to participate please turn off your phone.


Outcomes for TodayBe energized, excited, and ready to move forwardUnderstand what career development means for youHave an understanding of what youre good at nowOutline 2 3 ideas of what you want to do nextKnow what resources are available to support youHave concrete actions you can take to grow yourself and your career over the next 6 monthsBegin creating a development plan for yourselfcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017


IntroductionsGroups of 3Interview the person to your leftFirst nameHow long with CMHA

1 thing you are happy for todayand/or1 thing youd like to learn from today

You will introduce the person you interviewedcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017

People often feel uncomfortable introducing themselves, and this way takes the pressure off. We also get used to talking in front of our classmates today! Remember who is in your trio, because well be talking to them again.5

Career Development what is it?copyright: J. Van Doren 2017What is a career to you?

When you think about career development, what do you think it means for others and for you?

What do you think of when you hear the word Career? What does it mean to you. Were going to write these down on the board. (be ready to explain to participants that career can mean both specific jobs and the path youre on)

Now that weve defined what we mean by careers, lets talk about what career development means.6

Career Development why?copyright: J. Van Doren 2017The Individual in the Changing Working Life, 18 Enhancing work engagement through the management of human resources, W.B. Schaufeli and M. Salanova, 2008Measuring Career Self-Efficacy: Promoting Confidence and Happiness at Work, K. OBrien, 2003When people have the opportunity to take control of their training & development, and when they feel invested in by their organization they are more productive because they are Happier and Healthier and More Satisfied.

Short Group Discussion: Why do we think people are healthier and happier when theyre involved with their career development?7

Career Development why?copyright: J. Van Doren 2017

Career development can offer you a pathway and a road map to achieving your dreams. Investing in you and your future makes you more successful.


Focusing on AspirationsIf you want to learn about failure, study failure.

If you want to learn about success, study success.

copyright: J. Van Doren 2017

We learn more about what we focus on. If I want to learn about Basketball, what should I study? Similarly, if I want to learn about being successful, it helps me to study, not just when other people have been successful or successful people in general but specifically when I, myself, have been successful.9

Focusing on Aspirations - exerciseClose your eyes.

Think about a time when youve were really happy and felt good because of the work you did, a problem you solved, or something you accomplished.

What were the circumstances? What did you do, & how did you feel?

Write down a few notes about that time, so you can share your story.copyright: J. Van Doren 2017

Were going to engage with our success right now.10

Focusing on Aspirations - discussionFor the group:

copyright: J. Van Doren 2017What do these stories have in common?

Were going to have a few people get into their trios share their stories. Decide who what story each group will share. Then well discuss what themes are common, if any. We can apply this towards identifying our future career goals.11

Focusing on Aspirations - exerciseIn 6 months I want:

copyright: J. Van Doren 2017In 1 year I want:

In 5 years I want:

to Be, to Have, to Do

Lets go through a specific exercise where we think concretely about what wed like to be doing, or what wed like to have, or what wed like to be different about us and our careers in 6 months, in 1 year, and in 5 years.12

A Development Processcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017

So, weve done a few assessments so far. And some of you may be wondering how this relates to your career development, and if well be able to do anything practical with the information weve gained form our exercises. Here we have The Intentional Change Process. I used this process a lot when we were coaching and developing managers and executives. This is the same process Ive used with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and people who were transitioning into similar executive positions. Right now, weve focused a little on identifying our Ideal Self. You can see theres a lot of steps here, and Ill go over them briefly. (go over steps).Now we wont go through all of these today. In fact, well simply the process a little bit, so its easier to get our heads around and so its realistic and manageable for what we can accomplish today. 13

A Development Process - simplifiedcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017idealthe real3 things to focus onmy planhow I know I made itwho is supporting me

As you can see we still have a lot of the important elements from the previous process. 14

Assessment rhythms of my careercopyright: J. Van Doren 2017My current job:Start date:highlights of the experience:

The job before that:Start date:highlights of the experience:

The job before that:Start date:highlights of the experience:

Becoming a Resonant Leader, A McKee, R. Boyatzis, F. Johnston 2008

Lets begin identifying where we are at today but in a way that still focuses on capturing our strengths.15

Where Do I Thrive?copyright: J. Van Doren 2017


Assessment where do I thrivecopyright: J. Van Doren 2017What do I like about my current role?What makes me feel unique in at CMHA?Which of my abilities, interests, and/or values does my current role allow me to express on a regular basis?What are the challenges of my role?Which of my abilities, interests, and/or values would I like to be able to express more in my work?What occupational fields do I feel most drawn toward?What work environments do I enjoy the most?What kinds of people do I most enjoy working with? Why do I feel this way?At this point, do I feel attracted to a leadership (supervisory or managerial) role? Why?What steps can I take to gain clarity as I answer these questions?

Were now going to dive a bit deeper into your current role, and whats working, and what you can build on. In your packet theres a handout with these questions. Well take a few minutes to complete them.17

My AssetsMy LiabilitiesMy Distinctive Strengths: things I know I do well & strengths others see in me.My Weaknesses: things I know I dont do well & I want to do better.My Potential Strengths: things I could do better or more often if I focused, or things I do well in some situations & could begin to apply more broadly.Weaknesses I want to Change: things I know I dont do well & want to change, or things I do that are unhelpful/productive & that I want to do less often.My Enduring Dispositions That Support Me: traits, habits, behaviors that I do not want to change & that help me to be successful.My Enduring Dispositions That Sometimes Get in My Way: traits, habits, behaviors that I dont want to change & that sometimes cause me to be less effective.

My Personal Balance Sheetcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017Becoming a Resonant Leader, A McKee, R. Boyatzis, F. Johnston 2008

For those in accounting or on the administrative side, youre probably familiar with a balance sheet. All companies use them to track what assets they have this can be like their sales, or their equipment its anything that is worth something. They also track their liabilities these might be loans, credit card debt, expenses (like rent or payroll). Liabilities are anything that cost them something or arent making them money. We also have assets and liabilities. We have things that help us make money, enrich our lives and the lives of others, and be successful. We also have liabilities things that dont help us to do those things, and sometimes get in the way.

While we want to focus on strengths, it is important to not ignore areas where we can improve. Part of that is taking a realistic assessment of where we are right now, today.

(Take them through a personal example)18

Space for GrowthTools I have to help1 thing I dont do well:Strengths I can apply to help me do better:1 thing I do that I want to change:Strengths I can apply to help me change:Ideas for ways to improve, who can support me, & other tools/tips to try

Identifying Spaces For Growthcopyright: J. Van Doren 2017Becoming a Resonant Leader, A McKee, R. Boyatzis, F. Johnston 2008

Now that weve gone throug