Career Dev Prompt #10: Think Innovation

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Innovation:

“Innovation is the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs.Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself. Innovation differs from improvement in that innovation refers to the notion of doing something different rather than doing the same thing better.”

PROMPT: Even if your job does not require you to be innovative – pick a problem, issue or time drain in your workplace or daily routine and come up with an innovative solution. If you are having issues with inspiration why not get started by using the SCAMPER Method.

Subscribers of our Career Development Prompts Premium Plan (which is only £30 for a 2014 subscription) will be able to download our ‘SCAMPER’ action plan and get access our Question Bank.

Career Dev Prompt #9: Ask for Feedback

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Last week we talked about making sure you have a conversation with your boss to learn about what you need to be doing to reach your career goals. The other thing you can be doing is asking for FEEDBACK. You can ask your boss, your colleagues, your clients – basically ANYONE you are doing work for. Don’t be afraid of asking for feedback – and perhaps even more importantly doing be afraid of doing some self-analysis on yourself.

This week, ask for feedback on a piece of work you do (as your boss or client/customer to give you feedback as appropriate). Then note their comments and add their feedback into your action plan.

Subscribers of our Career Development Prompts Premium Plan (which is only £30 for a 2014 subscription) will be able to download our ‘ask for feedback’ action plan.

Career Dev Prompt #8: What does it really take?

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As a professional – you should have Career Goals. If you don’t want are you doing reading this blog? Today we are thinking long-term and this week’s prompt is aimed at helping you clarify these long-term goals and potential options for getting there.

I am thinking DREAM GOAL, DREAM ROLE. TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN aspirations. If you haven’t already got this in a prominent place – write it down. Now! Great. Now I want you to think about WHY you want to do this and what you current plan is for getting there. DO you have one? Have you though beyond your next paycheck, pay rise, promotion? Have you thought BIGGER? No? Well Let’s get started. Have a conversation and learn what it really takes to get your Dream Job.

PROMPT: This week I want you to have a conversation (or coffee date) with someone you know that is currently doing the job or is on their way to doing the job. Even learn more about how your boss got where they are today.

Subscribers of our Career Development Prompts Premium Plan (which is only £30 for a 2014 subscription) will be able to download our 8-page ‘have a conversation’ action plan and learn what to ask during the conversation to ensure you get the information you need.

Career Dev Prompt #7: Annual Leave Record Keeping

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I am afraid that it has been all quiet on the blog while I have been ill and for that I apologise. I am kicking off again today with another Record Keeping Prompt. Last time I blogged about keeping records for your CRB checks. This time I want to prompt you to keep records on your sick leave and annual leave. If your Employer has odd Sick or Annual Leave Policies it is also worth noting down the rules for these as well.

You may think – why bother? My employer should have a record anyway, but you never know when it might come in useful.

I find them a useful bargaining tool (to use at appraisals, when getting afternoons off or requesting extended accumulated leave) and of course the records are a useful self-analysis tools (are you taking enough time off?) and can be used to plan ahead and make sure you are not losing any days at the end of the entitlement year.

Subscribers of our Career Development Prompts Premium Plan will be able to download our 2014 Annual Leave Insert/printable which is available in both a5 and personal size.