I have spoken with people about their own growth and development for years. This to me is the starting point for a bigger job, a promotion, more money, more opportunities, etc. You can’t get to the next level without some kind of development to get you there. Some have been able to get all of the things I mentioned and others have not. Why is this I wonder. Could it be that the opportunities don’t exist? Could it be that the fix is in, and no matter what they do it wouldn’t matter? Could it be the leadership that they report to is not the kind of leadership that promotes growth and development for some reason? Or is it just the person?
A lot of variables to the questions I throw out.
Could it be the opportunities don’t exist? Maybe they don’t. However, I have seen it over and over again. And I think Jesus may have said it. “Your talents will create a place for you.” Throughout my career I have seen this many many times. A position is created for a person that has many skills and talents in a particular area.
Could it be that the fix is in, and no matter what they do it wouldn’t matter? Could it be the leadership that they report to is not the kind of leadership that promotes growth and development for some reason? I think it all begins with your ability to show that you bring so much value to your current job and everything that is included in that job that your managers believe that you could serve in a higher position with more responsibility, to help them achieve the bigger goals of the department and organization. I have seen it over and over again, that the good leaders (Yes Leaders not Managers) look for talent and develop it. If they see it, they will find a way to maximize the potential of the talent. So to answer the above questions for yourself, is it you or is it them. You have to do an honest assessment of yourself and your situation.
Lastly, Is just the person. Yes you. Answer, you have to ask yourself that question. As I mentioned above, how much value do you bring. I have heard it said like this. The greater the problem that you can provide a solution to, has a direct correlation to the money and opportunities presented to you. Example: The problem: Having software on a personal computer that everyone could have access to. Solution: Microsoft Windows. Big Problem, Big Solution. Great riches. Problem: Men/Women feeling better about their appearance when wearing certain clothes. Solution: SPANX. This was a big problem for a lot of people and it was solved by this particular product.
So how big is the problem that your skills and abilities provide a solution to?
To your success and your future.