Five Steps to Career Management

As a leader, sometimes your role involves finding your replacement or helping your team members to find their own next career move.

This Five-Step approach to career management sets out exactly what skills, tasks and priorities individuals need to consider to move their career forward.

Each of the steps has a list of questions which you might pose yourself throughout your working life.


Personal SWOT Analysis

Many leaders recognise the value of a SWOT analysis for their companies. Understanding a business' Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats gives leaders a new perspective on what the organisation does well, where its challenges lie and which avenues to pursue.

However, few people realise that a personal SWOT analysis can do the same for an individual in pursuit of his or her career goals.

The SWOT analysis was first devised as a business tool in the 1960s by business icons Edmund P. Learned, C. Roland Christensen, Kenneth Andrews and William D. Guth.

In 1982, Heinz Weihrich took it one step further, constructing a 2-by-2 matrix to plot out the answers to the four key questions for easy comparison. Strengths and Weaknesses were across the top, and Opportunities and Threats in the bottom row.

This remains the most common and effective way to conduct the analysis.Continue reading