The Daily Challenge: Discuss Your Goals

 

Partner with your manager to achieve your career goals more quickly.

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Let’s Talk.

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Regardless of your level in the organization, your manager can be a powerful advocate, a generous resource, a great mentor, and even a coach when it comes to developing your skill set, achieving growth and reaching career goals.

But when was the last time you talked to your manager about your goals? If it's been a while, you're not alone!

Consider using your next 1:1 with your manager as a forum to discuss what you hope to achieve in the coming months and years.

These meetings are a great forum for discussing career goals. They are also an opportunity for you and your manager to review your progress and reflect on how your career development goals can provide more value to the company. Your manager can also help you stay accountable to these goals in order to help you stay on track.

Start planning for your conversation today so that you are prepared to discuss your career goals during your next 1:1.

Step 1: Write down your career goals. What would you like to achieve over the next 6, 12, or 24 months?

Step 2: Brainstorm what might need to happen in order for you to achieve your goals. What skills do you need to improve and what new things do you need to learn to achieve your goals? Note: It’s okay if you don’t have a full answer to this. Your manager will likely be able to help you outline this list in more detail.

Step 3: Think through how your career goals align with the company or team goals. Recall company goals that have been discussed in the past few months. Being able to connect and align your career development goals with the company and team goals will help you approach the subject with your manager.


Pro Tip: For a variety of reasons, discussing your career goals and aspirations with leaders might initially feel a bit strange. You can minimize such feelings by doing your research, planning what you want to say, and rehearsing it beforehand.

By preparing in this way, you will increase your chances of having a productive conversation and avoid any pitfalls relating to emotions or communication styles.

In addition to planning what you want to say to your manager, take time to consider how your manager's personality and communication style might impact the conversation.



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