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Confronting the career development conundrum

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Career development appears at the top of many lists. Unfortunately, the lists tend to be focused on what employ­ees desperately want but are not getting from their managers.

As for managers, most appreciate the value of career development and wish they had more time to devote to it. But let’s face it: A manager’s day-to-day real­ity is a kaleidoscopic blur of meetings, responsibilities and shifting priorities. Helping employees develop and grow is often pushed back to that elusive “some­day” that rarely comes.

How can managers get past this co­nundrum? The answer is not new systems, checklists, processes or forms. (Those actually have contributed to the problem.) Instead, the answer lies in a new mind-set and the following key behaviors:

Transfer ownership

Managers don’t own their employees’ careers. Employees do. All that manag­ers can (and should) feel accountable for is guiding, encouraging, collaborat­ing on and supporti...(register to read more)

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