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Career Strategy Council

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In today’s competitive work environment, your highest performing employees are quite marketable to the outside; they could be top prospects for headhunters as the economy continues to recover.  Competition for labor is high and there are many organizations that may be seeking to make attractive offers to your employees.

The traditional annual performance review to discuss employee career goals is no longer adequate, and significant challenges could be faced if separate career development discussions are not conducted regularly.  Employees today seek more than a rating about work performance; they are interested in improving their careers. An organization focused only on improving employee performance, without recognizing the need for improving employee career growth, will find their ability to retain and compete for top talent sub optimized.

All of this results in a renewed focus on career development and the importance that function has to the organization.  In order to protect and retain top talent, organizations must work hard to provide resources, processes and tools that employees can use to manage their careers, and to align individual career success with strategic business goals and objectives. Discussion topics for the council will include: 

  • Career growth: what it means in different organizations and how to make it happen in existing positions (internal mobility programs, informal learning, volunteerism)
  • Changing the organizational culture and mindset; Issues associated with growth and development in a global organizations
  • Innovation in managing careers, talent reviews, career mapping
  • Establishing responsibility/accountability of the leader and empowering them to help with staff development; Engaging employees in career conversations
  • Methods to measure the business case for investing in career development
  • Tools and technologies to help people manage their careers;  Knowledge sharing;  Building the right frameworks, systems

Program Director

John Messman

John Messman

Program Director, Career Development Practitioner Council, Learning & Development Executives Council, Talent Management Executives Council III, and Career Development Seminar
The Conference Board
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