OK, who's had their CDP? (If you don't know what that means, where have you been?? Go here)
How did it go?
If you didn't have one, how come, and is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Personally I always think that people who prefer not to have CDP's are hiding something, or are very comfortable coasting along where they are - or both. That's their call.
But now YOU have a choice to make.
Are you going to coast along or start taking control of your career?
Are you going to keep doing what you were doing, or do it better, faster, differently?
Or change completely?
Just, please, do something.
There's a saying “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb”. It's never too late to take control of your career. Whether your CDP has been and gone. It doesn't exist. You're over 40. Or you're a frustrated copywriter stuck in a digital programmers' body.
At this point, more than ever, it's your choice and your responsibility.
Don't let your boss just tick the CDP off their list of stuff to do until next time.
Hold them accountable, in a 'please can you help me do X' once-a-month kind of way ;)
Your career can't and won't change in a one hour CDP.
Your career can only change if you take action.
- Remember your goal.
- Have a plan.
- Do the work.
Ask your manager for a regular meeting/coffee/catch up - whatever works for you (I mean them!). If your meetings get bumped, send a monthly email. And if they're not responding, find a mentor who will. You're not grassing them up on their lack of management, you're asking someone else for their help and advice (which people love to dish out!).
And remember, unless you're coasting along in a 9-5 job, your goals should always be a stretch. If your goal can be done in less than 6 months, then do it in less and make up another one!
It always surprised me how people thought that doing their job well would get them a promotion. Over-delivering on your job gets you promoted. Doing your job well is what you get paid to do.
If your next CDP is just a checklist of tasks, then good luck getting those done and enjoy your pat on the back.
If it's a highlights reel, get your desk-organiser ready baby, you two could be moving up!
I'm being flippant of course. Being brilliant is unfortunately not a guarantee for promotion. There are business factors, finance factors, political factors etc that can get in your way But for the most part, you can't affect that stuff. You can affect the success you achieve in your role, and beyond your role - and what that definition of success is to you and the people around you.
You can decide whether to stay on or speed up the treadmill. Hell, you might jump off it altogether or start leapfrogging treadmills Here It Goes Again – OK Go style.
- What worked and didn't work this year?
- What worked and didnt work in this years CDP?
Picture the next one.
- When is it, where are you, who's in it and what have you prepared?
- What do you want to happen in that meeting?
And how do you make that happen between now and the end of that meeting (and I mean, literally, NOW).
Actually Monday's always a good day to start stuff - go for it!
And if you want some tips and tricks on how to kick start your plan of attack, please join us on our free webinar tomorrow night @ 6pm.
Grab a vino (whatever, Tuesday is Friday somewhere), a notepad and a quiet corner and start figuring out what you want and whether you're going to go and get it.