7 Areas of Limitation in Career Development

  1. Limited Self-Belief and Lack of Self-Esteem

As career professionals, we generally underestimate our own abilities and attribute a greater degree of efficiency and aptitude to others. This limiting belief holds career development back from achieving its full potential. Professionals who desire career advancement need to understand that their abilities match up competitively with others in their field. Developing self-belief and self-esteem are the first steps for successful self-representation. Confidence is contagious and easily identified.

  1. Self-Defeating Behaviors

Everyone has habits, some good and some bad. Bad habits interfere with career development. Saying inappropriate things or making improper gestures at the wrong time does not present itself favorably with co-workers, bosses, or gatekeepers. Behaviors develop reputations that precede professional engagements. Judgments are passed based on previous work behaviors and rumors are spread that illuminate this perceived flaw. Stress and fatigue contribute to less than desirable behavior and being aware of other’s reactions is a tell sign that should alert us to keep or replace enacted behaviors.

  1. Uninformed about Steps and Techniques Needed for Progression and Advancement

Most workers find themselves doing repetitive tasks and wonder why they’re not advancing. Some people are satisfied doing the ordinary, but not you (or you wouldn’t be wasting your time reading this). Ask questions – how did she move up so fast? What did she do? How did she do it? Who was her contact? Here are 7 steps that can be implemented right away and possibly the missing element needed for your promotion: 1. Create relationships 2. Be early, leave late 3. Do more than asked 4. Tell everyone how great your boss is 5. Support other departments 6. Ask for more work and do it 7. Ask for a promotion. If you don’t accept just getting by then you will advance. Ultimately, the blame for our failure or success rests on our shoulders and we need to identify the sequential steps to meet our needs regardless of how difficult these steps could be.

  1. Misaligned Goals and Values

Goals and values are not the same thing. However, negative effects are felt when they are not in sync. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is that really where you want to be? What do you value most in life? Does that goal align with your most important value? When goals and values are aligned, there is an aura of synergy that is created, jubilance in work follows, new energy is created, positive momentum is created, and a resounding vigor is experienced. Do you feel a weight on your shoulders? Maybe your goals and values are in misalignment. What quick change could you make to have the two roads meet?

  1. Lack of Self-Awareness concerning Strengths, Knowledge, and Abilities (KSAs)

Never underestimate your education and life experience. Most people do. We all have strengths, but not all of us take the time and put in the effort needed to make innate strengths into abilities. Not knowing your strengths can limit your development for the long-term. What do you enjoy doing? What do you do without any effort? Where do you get the most compliments from others? We all have life experiences that shape our behaviors and attitudes. These life lessons are not learned or experienced by everyone. We learn by doing. It is common to underestimate our knowledge. We assume that others know the same things and others have had similar experiences. This is not the case. We share similar experiences within cultures, but the overall picture for each individual is unique. We are all different in our own ways and have something valuable to add to the conversation. Never underestimate your value.

  1. Inability to Communicate Effectively

Did you ever hear of the game “telephone”? A message is whispered from one player to the next and the message heard by the last player is always completely different from the original message. The biggest problem in today’s fast paced, over-worked, and over-informed environment is the inability to communicate effectively. As an author or writer, one learns to write as if the audience does not know anything. On the other hand, when we speak or write, we generally accept that our audience has a basic understanding of the topic. The error in communication lies in not clearly providing the message as it is intended. Critical points are excluded to maximize time, but those points need to be filled in by the audience receiving the message. This misunderstanding leads to crucial errors and ultimately destroys more time than was initially saved. Take the time to communicate your message clearly and effectively in the first place and save yourself the headache of having to clean up the associated errors.

  1. Lack of Leveraging Networks and Relationships

The general belief is that our closest friends and family are the only ones who would help us in times of need. Studies on social networking suggest that this is completely wrong. Your external network is willing to help and you need to leverage the benefits. Loose connections seem to provide greater benefits and they find greater opportunities that your immediate network could never realize. The power of your external network exists in its positioning which is completely outside your immediate network’s reach. Ask for support and probe your distant network to see how they can support your career development. People are willing to help. It’s our nature. Your external network could provide the needed boost that will take your career to the next level. If your distant network is limited then you need to create an action plan for cultivating connections. In today’s globalized and interconnected economy, competition is high, and relationships are gold. Ultimately, this works because of reciprocity and the genuine character of our kind. When you get the opportunity, pay it forward because what goes around comes around.

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Leadership Essentials: Public Speaking

Public speaking is the #1 feared activity which is why leadership is magnified through the lens of public speaking.  Great leadership is communicated with a superior ability to provide dynamic speeches in public that capture people’s imaginations.

The public speaking platform is essential for leadership and developing the ability to communicate effectively to large audiences is crucial for leadership excellence.

Great leaders such as JFK and MLK are instantly recognized by only a few letters because their ability to communicate in the public speaking forum transformed our world and culture. Their legacies have grown because new generations view their legendary speeches which speak volumes about them as individuals. Powerful speakers create a magical connection with their viewers that is simply captivating and is the basis of leadership.

The art of public speaking can be learned by any motivated individual who desires to make an impact with their leadership communication. A very skilful communicator creates a connection, motivation, inspiration, and action through their command of message and the relatability of their communication style.

Becoming a presidential type speaker takes time and deliberate practice is needed to develop the necessary skills. Some people have the natural gift of gab and are fearless in front of large crowds, but this is not typical of everyone.

Ronald Reagan, known as the “Great Communicator”, developed his speaking abilities first as an actor and then as a spokesperson for General Electric (GE) touring the country for over a decade. He developed his public speaking abilities that transformed him from an actor into the President of the United States of America. “Public speaking is a vital Leadership skill”.

Action Steps for Improving Leadership with Public Speaking

Learn to cultivate your personal story and practice communicating to audiences. Start small to gain confidence and then expand to keep challenging yourself after you become comfortable. The rule is, “if you are too comfortable, then you are not challenging yourself enough”.

I recommend initially videotaping yourself giving speeches which will allow you to be your first critic and reduce flaws before presenting to your first audience. Video feedback has been found to be one of the best ways to give and receive feedback. You won’t believe how you really look…

Secondly, joining a public speaking group such as Toastmasters.org or taking a Dale Carnegie public speaking class will increase your learning ability and simultaneously provide community support from like-minded people. Lastly, the cheaper way to develop your public speaking would be reading a book and I recommend “Stand and Deliver” – a small book that packs a large punch.

If your aim is to be a leader then public speaking is an essential skill you must develop for success.

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Ladder of Inference – Creating Effective Communication in Organizations

The Ladder of Inference was created by Chris Argyris and Donald Schon in 1974 and has been used to accurately diagnose human interactions. The Ladder of Inference concerns human interaction and every step of the ladder creates additional distortion regarding the situation derived from misguided beliefs and misunderstandings.  Inferences are learned information concerning the behaviors of others derived from previous interactions with the people in question or people who we feel are similar to the target audience.

The Ladder of Inference has seven rungs that begin with data and observable behavior concerning the immediate experience. The second step includes perceived data derived from the interaction that starts communication distortion because our input is fallible. We need to become aware at this initial step of our input in order to avoid miscommunication but the unconscious process happens spontaneously and is difficult to control without deliberate practice.  Step two incorporates the added cultural and personal beliefs associated with the communication topic.

Step three concerns the assumptions based on the added information and how we make sense of the situation using the real data and the self-created data.  The self-created data interferes with clear communication because the two or more parties are not privy to the equal information that is being used to dissect the interactive communication.  Step four is an interpretive development where communication is combined with personal assumptions that impose meanings that might not be accurate or true.

Step five brings all previous information together to form a final conclusion about the interactive situation which lends its findings to step six where new beliefs about the world are formed.  These new beliefs or inferences are then applied to future situations or interactions that concern communication.  This decisional area transforms information into long-term memory and creates a concrete view formed by this unconscious process. The seventh and final step concerns taking action based on the newly formed beliefs about the world and social interactions.

We all use the Ladder of Inference to form our beliefs about the world and take action based on these beliefs.  The process happens unconsciously and happens at different rates of speed for different people.  Usually, the pace up the ladder is instantaneous and we need to become fully aware of the inputs that are going into forming our final concrete beliefs in order to accurately assess the situation and the world around us.

Understanding the Ladder of Inference reduces conflict – aids in a mutual understanding concerning social points of view.  The ladder of inference identifies the human unconscious ability to immediately loop information up the progressive ladder to reach conclusions based on the perceived information concerning the people involved. This model is based on cognitive shortcuts concerning behaviors, traits, awareness, knowledge, and beliefs that concern the interpretation of the surrounding world. A manager needs to be aware of the steps in the Ladder of Inference in order to effectively communicate and understand co-workers which would enable correct action under stressful circumstances.  Part of becoming self-aware is centered in guiding others to understand their Ladder of Inference using powerful questions concerning behaviors, beliefs about other people, and the situation.  The benefit of using this model to operate is based on putting the effort in the front end to reduce problems and communication conflict on the back-end which promotes better work production and the savings of time exponentially increases with effective communication derived from the use and internal understanding of the Ladder of Inference model.

Awareness concerning the Ladder of Inference in Career coaching positively impacts social intelligence in the workplace for leadership, management, and high potential associates.  Communication in the workplace is always in need of constant repair because of our internal processes.  Companies today are searching for the top percentage of the workforce to work for their company and communication becomes increasingly distorted when everyone is talking and no one is listening.  High achievers have become successful because of constant input and proactive abilities – when you only have a certain type of person forming workgroups then the heterogeneity creates team cohesion. Work style diversity is needed within workgroups to create greater cohesion because the abilities need to mesh in a similar fashion to a lock and key.  The distributed energies need to work off one another and increase group momentum to meet goals and the Ladder of Inference aids awareness when dealing with this critical type of communication concerning workgroups which ultimately is the life blood of the organization.

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