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Letter from Debra
Friday June 16, 2017


We are getting an early  taste of beautiful summer weather here this week.  I'm enjoying it while it's here because I know the fog will be rolling in again soon.  When it's warm out,k  I sometimes spend my lunch hour out under the trees at the Redwood Grove near the Transamerica Pyramid.  I wrote this haiku there yesterday:

We are in a very volatile world and the shooting events here and in DC this week have shaken us all. This is a good time to show kindness to yourself and others. 

Best regards,


Debra Mugnani Monroe
President, C.E.S., C.P.C.
www.debramugnani.com  (my musical website)

5 Tips to Improve Your Career Development
You Owe Yourself a Career Development Action Plan

This article was last updated on August 22, 2016, on the balance.com 

Image courtesy of thebalance.com

Career management isn't just a nice-to, it's a must do if you expect to gain maximum success and happiness from the hours you invest in work. Face it, you are likely going to work 40 hours a week for your adult life. Why not make it the best 40 hours that you can create?

Career management in which you plan and work to obtain new skills, capabilities, and experiences, is the answer. Share your goals with your boss and you have a partner who can help you broaden your experience.

When most employees think about their careers, they have not thought past their current job or the next promotion that they'd like to receive. They need to broaden their short term thinking. As employees are promoted up the organization chart, fewer jobs become available, yet continuing to grow skills and experience should still be a priority for people obtaining value from their career.
Here are a few ways in which you can collaborate with your boss to manage your career.
  • Job shadow other employees in your company to learn about different jobs.
  • Explore lateral moves to broaden and deepen your experience.
  • Attend classes and training sessions to increase your knowledge.
  • Hold book clubs at work to develop knowledge, and share terminology, concepts, and team building with coworkers.
  • Seek a mentor from a different department that you'd like to explore.
5 Tips for Career Development
Here are additional thoughts about career management and Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute and Visiting Scholar in Stanford University's Media X program, recommends five additional career management strategies.
  1. Could your career development and management use help to gain momentum? People who are the most successful and satisfied in their careers have proactively determined what they want from work. Once they've decided on their goals, they make a plan to accomplish the goals.
  2. Developing a timeline with career goals and expected milestones is also an effective way to manage your career. Bringing your boss and his or her sponsorship and mentoring into the picture will ensure that you have an internal mentor who will help you manage your career.
  3. Some companies have formal programs to help employees develop their careers. In others, you will need to informally pursue your career development. Companies with programs generally focus energy on helping employees develop and follow a career path.
  4. The career path is discussed at several meetings bi-annually with the employee's boss. The company doesn't own the career path; the employee does. But, the company demonstrates commitment to its employees by assisting where possible with resources of time and dollars.
  5. Career paths are recommended for the same reason that I recommend goals. They are the written plan that can help each employee focus on what is most important to his or her fulfillment and success. Without a plan, you can feel rudderless and you have no benchmark against which you can measure your progress.
5 Tips for Strategic Career Management 

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute and Visiting Scholar in Stanford University's Media X program, recommends these additional career management strategies. "Succeeding in a demanding, changing workplace requires a strategic career management plan. Employers want to attract, hire and retain employees who provide the best value.

So consider yourself a business with a product to sell, and create a strategy for marketing your workplace value.

Data from the Apollo Research Institute on the future of education, work and careers suggests the following five career management strategies:
  1. "Proactively engage your manager in a discussion about your career goals, and collaborate to create a career development plan. The most significant opportunity to exert influence is to involve your manager in the career planning process.
  2. "Investigate short- and long-term skill requirements. If your goal is to be the Vice President of Human Resources, understand the education, skills, technology, and experience requirements, and develop interim career plans for achieving your long-term career goal.
  3. "To increase your knowledge of career options, request one-on-one informational meetings with colleagues and managers. The purpose of these brief meetings is to gather information to help you make educated career decisions. People are generally willing to share their success stories and advice.
  4. "Volunteer to complete challenging projects and assignments. One of the best ways to advance your career is to identify an organizational problem and propose a solution. By offering to implement the solution, you will not only increase your visibility as a problem-solver in the organization, but you might also expand your skills in the process
  5. "Consult the Human Resources department to learn about career development and job opportunities such as tuition reimbursement for a college degree or certification, in-house technical or professional training courses and available job openings. Take advantage of available opportunities. Maintain your momentum and commit to continuous skill building and improvement. By planning your career strategy, you are increasing your chances of staying employable and achieving your long-term career goals."
Each of us has a certain number of years to invest in working and making a living. Having a job is fine, but creating a career will maximize your opportunities for success. To have a successful career requires that you pursue career management strategies like these.

A successful career doesn't happen unthinkingly. It needs planning, tending, and frequent review. Are you ready to pursue these career development strategies?

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Office Yoga

These refreshing eye exercises take just a few minutes:
  1. Refocus every 10 minutes by looking out the window or around the office.
  2. Each hour close your eyes, let your face soften.
  3. Slowly roll eyes in a circle.  Take a few breaths, and return to action. 
  4. For soothing relief, rub palms together very fast till they get warm, then place them gently over your eyes.
Inspired by Darrin Zeer's "Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People."

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