IEEE-USA is offering the third and final audio book in its Developing Your People series to members – for free: Developing Your People — Commonsense Leadership in the Workplace – Vol. 3: Career Asset Management, Teamwork and Empowerment.
Career asset management is about being prepared for your future career progression. Since your career is your earning power for paying back your debts and financing your retirement, it is perfectly logical to think of it as an asset. Humans protect their worldly assets, their houses, their families. Why not protect their earning power, and their careers? With many companies cutting back their human relations and employee development departments, training budgets tend to be localized, and somewhat reduced in size and scope from what they once were. More responsibility falls on the shoulders of departmental managers and their staffs. It is up to employees and managers to talk about, and perhaps plan, for employees’ futures — but the bulk of the responsibility rests with the employees.
In this final volume of Harry T. Roman’s audio book (and eBook) trilogy, Roman explores how managers and leaders can put the right people in the right places within an organization, achieve a team-based approach to problem solving, and empower employees to meet the future challenges of their jobs.
Roman’s book offers readers excerpts from the IEEE’s Career Asset Management (CAM) tool he helped to develop. CAM is a seven-step process for disciplining users to ask the right questions — to develop plans for where they want their careers to go, and how to map out a strategy for getting there.
He also discusses how managers can put together successful teams — by balancing team members’ professional development. He advises letting them take time for formal professional courses and activities, both in the skills they will need on the team, and in the areas that keep them current in the field they came from.
Exploring employee teams, Roman warns that managers “sometimes tend to average down high-achievers, restraining their immense energy and tremendous momentum.” He notes that the can-do spirit of high-performers often reenergizes evolving companies. Roman recommends putting these “race horses” in charge of the teams, and letting them set a fast pace.
The author also discusses the team’s composition and assignments within companies. He points out that teams can involve dedicated assignments of individuals for set periods. Or be part of a matrix assignment, along with an individual’s other regular functions. From his own experience, Roman prefers the matrix style of assignment. He says it tends to give workers some variety, often allowing them to shift gears intellectually between subject matter.
“Professionals want to be involved in a learning environment, Roman says. “They expect mentoring, with the opportunity to grow in new directions.”
IEEE-USA E-BOOKS is offering this new audio book free. Click here to download now.
The companion e-book of this audio book is also available for purchase. The member price is $7.99. Non-members pay $9.99)
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Georgia C. Stelluto is IEEE-USA’s Publishing Manager; Manager/Editor of IEEE-USA E-BOOKS; InFocus Department Editor for IEEE-USA InSight; and Co-Editor of the IEEE-USA Conference Brief.