Continuous improvement is an integral part of everyone’s career strategy. Either you become better at what you “do”, or you do not.
Some of you experience upskilling and reskilling because work environments are continuously changing, updating, upgrading, and retooling. As a result of these improved systems, your employer now requires you to learn what is new and different. Consequently, you learn a new skill or system to apply to daily tactical activities.
Upskilling tactically or strategically may offer as yet unexplored career opportunities. Do you know what these are?
Alternatively, others of you take it upon yourselves to explore opportunities your employer may have yet to discover, let alone consider applying to your work environment. As a result, you are self-directed. Your idea of continuous professional improvement is firmly focused on what is outside the boundaries of the status quo. Thus, your professional portfolios become distinctive, reflecting a diversity of professional interests, accomplishments, and a solid one millimeter move beyond what is comfortable.
How would you describe your own continuous professional improvement activities? Do you tend to focus on tactical accomplishments, or do you prefer ones which involve a bigger professional horizon? Moving forward, consider how you might adapt, adopt, and apply those tactical accomplishments towards a broader, diverse, and more strategic agenda.
If thinking strategically gives you reason for professional pause, think again and contact me here. Your current portfolio of tactical accomplishments may have already opened strategic doors except you do not “see” them. Let’s discover these opportunities together, shall we?
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How do you become more professionally visible, cross-functionally relevant, and strategically valuable to people who solve problems differently than you do? Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset ™ speaking, consulting, and mentoring programs catalyze you to collaborate one millimeter beyond the mindset holding you back from moving forward. Babette’s 3 Core Questions, 4 Change Agreements, and 5 Professional Whys catalyze you to ask the questions that get everyone to where they really need to go, together.
I am a business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, PMI-certified Wicked (Complex) Problem Solver, Duke Corporate Education licensed Strategic Agility practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). I am a member of SHRM, PMI, and the National Speakers Association (NSA). My playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available in digital format on Amazon.com. What are you waiting for? Image source: Adobe Stock