Career Innovation - It's the right time for a new perspective

November 13, 2014 Tara Veysey

The music of your youth is part of your identity.  The sounds float along with you throughout your life.  Like a favorite old pair of jeans they represent comfort; what you know and what you like.  The downside is that your connection to your favorite music can limit you from exploring others.  I’m not suggesting getting rid of all your coveted LP’s or CD’s.  I’m advocating it’s time to expand your collection and hear some new tunes. 

The same is true for your career. Do you need to expand the way you go about your work, reframe the way you look at situations, innovate and create in your own career?  To shed some light on this question, I sought out a few of my creative colleagues to get their thoughts.  Here they are:

@sboydcareerwise “I have always had a few simple rules to keep my career on track and to ensure I am doing work that inspires and motives me:

  • never stay in a job for money: it is career suicide and you are sure to flat-line in mediocrity,

  • 60% of your daily work should be focused on what you love to do,

  • take time at least 2x’s per year to reflect on your career and accomplishments to ensure they are aligned to what makes you successful, and

  • work with people that inspire and challenge you to be your best and make you laugh."

@VinceMolinaro “The most important thing I ever did in my own career was to leave a stable job with a large organization and start my own business. The time I spent as an independent consultant completely changed how I viewed my jobs and the organizations I worked in. When you are self-employed you quickly learn that your success comes from bringing real value to your customers. The more value you bring the more successful you become. What was fascinating is the same insight proved to be true when I went back into organizational roles.

Your career success is a direct function of creating enduring value. It’s not about showing up Monday to Friday and merely fulfilling the duties of your job description. Instead, it’s about continually looking at what’s happening in your organization and anticipating new opportunities to help your organization be successful.  Don’t let your organization’s current roles and structure confine your thinking. You also need to be able to let go of what made you successful in the past so you can take on new challenges. The key to creating your career is having the courage to continually reinvent yourself.”

@recruiterscouch “When I discover someone who is doing a job I have never heard of, I ask a lot of questions and then do research on my own as well.  For example, I love to cook and have explored all kinds of food jobs (popcorn flavor developer, hot lunch delivery lady, food blogger). 

Usually the research leads me to the conclusion that either I don’t have the credentials to pull it off or that it may not actually be the job of my dreams.

My framework is to keep exploring things that make me curious.  I know that I am in the right place doing the right thing but I only know that because I regularly compare it to other possibilities.”

@LianeDavey “I think about my relationship with an organization like an exchange of currencies: What currencies do I have that would be of value to the company and what do I want to buy with them? I remember when I took my first job out of school I knew that my expertise in measurement was valuable and what I wanted to buy with it was access to senior leaders in organizations.  The perfect opportunity was to work in the employee survey business!

Today I still take on projects and opportunities that give me greater currency.  Then every once in a while I rethink what I can ask for in return.  Over time, I earn the right to work on new and interesting projects, to take different roles in the company, ask for the developmental opportunities to help me keep growing."  

How do you innovate and create “new” in your own career?

About the Author

Tara Veysey

Tara Veysey is a Senior Consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge. She is an experienced facilitator and coach in the areas of career transition and management. Tara works with executives, senior leaders, and senior-level technical individual contributors where she excels in helping individuals understand their potential, how to position themselves in the world of work, and creating action plans for success.

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