Career development occurs over years and decades. Relatively few complete the full journey. Stopping at a particular stage will be determined by intrinsic personal capabilities, personal aspirations and social circumstances.
Theare ultra-summarized and described in order below; and there is a graphic representation.
There is no externally determined «right» career path for anyone. The right path is the one that is right for you according to your nature, needs and abilities.
The 7 Stages to be described are relevant to everyone because part of handling yourself at work is understanding how your co-workers and your superiors are developing their careers.
However, you may find you dislike being employed, even at Stage-1. If so, see your alternatives here.
Most people in employment move to Stage-2 and, once this has been achieved, all further Stages are optional. That is to say, you may continue to advance your career in terms of increasing responsibility, salary and status in the hierarchy without deliberate work-based self-development.
Your Challenge: Get off to a good start.
Result: Others may take advantage of you.
Your Challenge: Get sufficient freedom and influence to produce results and get respected.
— you need Power-centred guidance.
Result: You get ahead.
Your Challenge: Select and develop an area of expertise that makes work fulfilling.
Result: You become distinctive.
Your Challenge: Get effective collaboration across functional and departmental boundaries.
— you need Community-centred guidance.
Result: You put the organization before yourself.
Your Challenge: Build a close-knit team of trustworthy and totally loyal colleagues dedicated to business success.
— you need Kinship-centred guidance.
Result: Your special people are recognized as having far more influence on your decisions than do others.
Your Challenge: Learn to view situations in new ways to enable otherwise unthinkable proposals.
Result: You can re-think stuck situations and devise radical strategies.
Your Challenge: Identify and take advantage of intangible forces shaping the industry and society.
— you need Reality-centred guidance.
Result: You unite people around successful predictions that underpin business success.
Get started now on Stage-1: Do the Job!
Originally posted: July 2009