With understanding of own values comes control of career

If you're like me, the end of the year is a time of reflection. It's a time to take stock of personal and professional goals before you begin planning for new opportunities in the coming year. As you look back over this past year, how did you do? Here are some questions to consider as you examine your job and career in 1996:

Technical Skills

·        If you lost your job tomorrow, would you get several job offers within a month?

·        Are you in a constant quest for new, more advanced levels of training in your specialty?

·        Do less experienced people come to you with technical questions?


·        Can you hold your own in a conversation with your peers about new technology in your field?

·        Are you actively working on a new application right now?

·        Are you using technology to make yourself more effective?

Knowledge/Continuing Education

·        Are you well versed in the latest changes in your industry/field?

·        Have you been asked to write or speak to a group about what you know?

·        Have you taken a seminar within the last six months that will enrich your knowledge?

Adding Value

·        Would your manager or co-workers say you make their jobs easier?

·        Do you go beyond what's expected?

·        If you were a freelancer, would your employer extend your contract?


·        Do others tell you that you are a good, empathetic listener?

·        Do your colleagues ask you to lunch?

·        Do you have friendly contacts in every department?

·        Do you typically hear rumors before other people?


·        Do people trust you with their ideas?

·        Are you often asked to work on projects with other people?

·        Are you willing to put the team's common goal above your personal agenda?


·        Do others come to you for advice?

·        Do colleagues at a higher organizational level want to know what you think?

·        Do colleagues at lower organizational levels speak candidly with you about their ideas and opinions?

· Do people ask your opinion because they know you're honest and straightforward?
· Do you make decisions that are for the good of the organization or other person, even if they may not help you personally?
· Do colleagues at all levels trust you with private and sensitive information?
· Are you a person of your word?


·        Do you have a reputation as a mentor and a coach?

·        Do your employees give you honest feedback about yourself?

·        Are you known as someone who can be depended upon to get things done?

·        If you asked your employees what their common mission was, would they all say the same thing?


·        Do others look up to you?

·        Are you typically the first to take action on new ideas?

·        Do you keep the "big picture in mind" as you do your job?


·        Have you made an improvement in a system or a work procedure on your job?

·        Have you been a champion of new initiatives?

·        Do you proactively work to make things more efficient and effective for others?


Joan Lloyd is a Milwaukee based executive coach and organizational & leadership development strategist. She is known for her ability to help leaders and their teams achieve measurable, lasting improvements. Joan Lloyd & Associates, specializes in leadership development, organizational change and teambuilding, providing: executive coaching, CEO coaching & leader team coaching, 360-degree feedback processes, retreat facilitation and presentation skill coaching and small group labs. Contact Joan Lloyd & Associates at (414) 573-1616, mailto:info@joanlloyd.com, or www.JoanLloyd.com 
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