I recently had two great opportunities to be with two groups of emerging leaders and young professionals to talk about ‘The Bounce” – Elevating and Accelerating their Career Trajectories in the Age of Abundance and wanted to share some insights with you. First was at the #AICPAEDGE Conference at #AICPAENGAGE in Las Vegas and second was our MACPA Beach Retreat in Ocean City, MD. Together it was over a hundred emerging leaders.
Let’s start with what our thoughts are around careers in Finance and Accounting we call The Bounce!’. The Bounce is that crucial turning point where you move from being an individual contributor to a manager of people and projects and that point requires new skills, or what we at BLI call ‘success skills’. This turning point is a chance to accelerate your career trajectory by increasing what and how you are learning. This turning point is also coming earlier in your career than in the past. It used to be around five years into the accounting career – today it is much closer to two or even one year in.
Here are my top five principles to elevate and accelerate your career:
I wrapped up with some inspiration from Carol Dweck of Growth Mindset fame and her latest thinking about the power of Yet! She says that too often we evaluate success or failure with a grade and she offers up the idea of grading yourself, ‘Not yet’, recognizing a learning curve on the path to mastery may take more time and practice. In other words don’t take the failure as the ‘can’t do’ as in a fixed mindset but ‘Not Yet’ recognizing that a little more learning, effort and coaching, you can do it!
While you night not have time to do all of these right away, pick one and start today, then budget an hour a week to continue working on your career plan. After all, you are the CEO of You, Inc.!
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