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It is a challenge in every type of company – how to ensure an effective career path for technical experts who have had little if any formal leadership experience, learning or training.
- Create parallel career paths: (1) leader of people/teams, and (2) technical. Both have the proportionate level of importance as per the value they deliver to the organisation.
- Every senior role in your organisation has a named successor and provide that person with business coaching and support to make sure they can do the role when they get there.
- At an individual level, provide technical managers with progressively increasing exposure to and challenge in the core areas of business leadership.
- Provide unorthodox challenges and somewhat crooked career paths, especially those that compel an individual to learn, adapt and build the qualities and capabilities needed to be an effective leader.
- Make it a two way street: the organisation should provide the structure and foundation, and each individual must take ownership and responsibility for her/his own career path and make decisions that will get him/her where they want to go.
- Actively listen. The best way to do this is to actually do it! And ask questions relating to what you have just heard.
- Turn data into a story – what it means for the people who are listening – data itself is dull; everyone loves stories, especially about themselves.
This is an advance summary of a paper written in partnership with The Molten Group, which will be published at the end of August. If you would like a free copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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