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Chosen the wrong career path? Feel like you have more to offer? Resent how your work controls your life? Hate your boss? More than ninety percent of people indicate a lack of control over their careers, yet only five percent feel able to do something about it. How to Get Ahead Without Murdering Your Boss shows you how to take responsibility for your career, whether that means keeping the job that you love, making a career change or simply learning new skills to increase your employability.

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    Helen Burton and Vicki Webster have coached over 3000 individuals

    through career transitions. They have over 25 years of combined experience

    leading career coaching teams and delivering career and organizational

    development programs.

    Alison Lees is the author of a number of

    published short stories and the self-help

    book for

    practitioners in private practice.

    The Accidental Entrepreneur

    Chosen the wrong career path? Feel like you have

    moretooffer?Resenthowyourworkcontrolsyour

    life?Hateyourboss?

    More than ninety percent of people indicate a lack of control over

    their careers, yet only five percent feel able to do something about it.

    shows you how to take

    responsibility for your career, whether that means keeping the job

    that you love, making a career change or simply learning new skills to

    increase your employability.

    This book will help you gain clarity on the best career options for you

    and show you how to actively manage your career.

    , explained through a fictional murder mystery, is

    a practical and results-driven methodology that merges the best

    features of traditional career development theories with a new focus

    on action learning.

    HowtoGetAheadWithoutMurderingYourBoss

    The SEEFAR career

    management model

    Non Fiction/Business/Careers

  • Helen Burton, Vicki Webster

    and Alison Lees

    Six simple steps to actively manage your career

  • A&A Book Publishingadmin@aampersanda.com

    www.aampersanda.com

    First published 2010Text 2010 Helen Burton, Vicki Webster and Alison Lees

    This book is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968and subsequent amendments, no part may be reproduced, stored in a retrievalsystem or transmitted by any means or process whatsoever without the prior

    written permission of the publishers.

    Cover design, text design, illustrations and typesetting by David Andor / Wave Source Design

    www.wavesource.com.au

    National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry:

    Author: Burton, Helen.Title: How to get ahead without murdering your boss:

    six simple steps to actively manage your career /Helen Burton, Vicki Webster, Alison Lees.

    ISBN: 9780980739909 (pbk.) Notes: Includes index.Subjects: Career development.

    Success.Self-actualization (Psychology).

    Other Authors/Contributors:Webster, Vicki.Lees, Alison.

    Dewey Number: 650.14

  • This book is dedicated to our patient families, who supported us overthe long, long life of this project, and to all the individuals we havecareer coached who got us started by asking for a career book thatwas contemporary, user friendly, practical and fun.

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    Part OneWalking Close to the Edge A Corporate Murder Mystery 7

    Meet the characters and their career issues. Five work colleaguesare stuck at a corporate retreat in a cyclone. The CEO disappears hes had influence on each employees career. Is he dead, andif so, who killed him?

    Part Two SEEFAR Career Management Workbook 129

    Use this section to apply the SEEFAR career managementmethodology to your personal situation. Complete all or someof the exercises that form part of the SEEFAR career managementmethodology. Learn how to review and develop your career tomaintain or improve job satisfaction and employability.

    Part Three SEEFAR in Action 171

    The SEEFAR career management methodology in action. Thecharacters in Walking Close to the Edge use the SEEFAR careermanagement methodology to make decisions about their owncareers. Read all or some of the stories.

    AppendixTheory and Practice for Career Coaches 211

  • 1Most of us can think of a time when we experienced strongfeelings of dissatisfaction with our role or work environment,resenting works influence over our life. Fortunately, we dontneed to resort to murder to attempt to solve the problem! Onthe other hand, many people can feel powerless or unmotivatedto manage their career and life.

    Its our experience that up to ninety percent of peopleindicate feeling a lack of control over their careers, yet only fivepercent feel able or motivated to do something about it. Thisbegs the question: why?

    It could be that its a lot easier to stay in our comfort zone andnot think about it too much. Maybe were scared that if we dosomething, we might fail, or were not even sure what the firststep is. After all, its a lot more fun, and a whole lot lessconfronting, to watch the latest reality or crime show on TV,enjoy sport, surf the net or even clean out the kitchencupboards, rather than explore other work options.

    Like anything in life, effectively managing our own careertakes some time but not as much as you might think effortand continuous learning to explore options, identify

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    opportunities, make decisions and ultimately achieve ourdesired outcomes.

    Personally, we believe in the power of taking responsibilityfor our own careers, whether that means keeping a job that welove, making a career change or simply learning new skills toincrease our employability. This is equally important in buoyantmarkets or in harsh economic times with large scale job losses.We also believe that career management can be fun!

    With this philosophy in mind, read on to learn how easy it isto develop and implement your own actionable career strategy.

    SEEFAR: A quick overview of bestpractice career management

    SEEFAR is a practical and results-driven process that merges thebest features of the traditional plan-and-implement approachto career development with a new focus on having our ownnarrative and using action learning to gain clarity on what thebest career opportunities are for us in order to feel successfuland fulfilled.

    S = Self-understanding and identity

    The first step in an effective career management process is toensure you have a clear understanding of yourself and the thingsthat make you who you are the things that drive you and yourmotivations and values. Once you understand what makes youhappy and satisfied at work the things that come naturally toyou you can build these factors into your career decisionmaking. For this part of the process, we will ask you to assess yourskills, major competencies, interests, values, personality traits, styleand family career history through assessment instruments andexercises. The assessment activities are amalgamated to developa self-portrait, or identity, that links to possible career options.

  • 3E = External imageOnce you have a clear understanding of yourself, the next stepis to understand how others perceive you. This is important toensure the career options you consider are realistic and inlinewith your reputation. By examining your external image, yourecognise that others often determine your access toopportunities and your selection for new positions or projects,so it is essential that you understand what impression you makeon other people as this is how you create your reputation.

    E = Environment

    Career management needs to be practical to providemeaningful outcomes. Understanding the marketplace is a vitalpart of career decision making. Activities in this part of theprocess assist you to explore opportunities and build businessrelationships to access them.

    F = Financial objectives

    The best career plans can fall apart if they are not aligned to yourfinancial goals. For example, taking time off work to completefull-time study or taking a reduction in salary to move to a newdepartment/unit will not be sustainable if it doesnt meet yourfinancial needs. This part of the process focuses on identifyingyour financial goals and ensuring compatibility with your careergoals.

    A = Action and reflection

    The chaotic nature of careers means that opportunities can ariseunexpectedly. Without a robust career management process toassess the viability of each option, you run the risk of choosinga direction that you may regret. Additionally, the best way todetermine whether something is right of you is to try it out first,

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    especially where you are considering a significant careertransition. This phase facilitates a detailed exploration of optionsthrough crafted experiments, for example secondments andspecial projects. This action-and-reflection model is linked to theneed to take responsibility for your career direction.

    R = Results

    It is a new day. The rules of work have changed, and you aremore accountable for your own career management. All theanalysis, reflection and planning will amount to nothing if youdont take action. A well developed, specific action plan withmeasurable short-term goals, mid-term direction and long-termaspirations will enable you to take control of your career,without having to murder your boss!

    How to apply the SEEFAR model in your career isexplained in Parts 2 and 3 of this book. Now sit back, relaxand take some time to enjoy seeing the model in actionin the story in Part 1.

  • The SEEFAR Model

  • Part One

    Walkin