There is nobody on this planet who cares more about your career success and advancement than you.
I know it sounds harsh, but it’s true.
Of course you’ll have some super-supportive bosses, well-meaning peers, family and friends along the way. But nobody other than you will be investing anywhere near the same amount of time and energy thinking through your career options and developing the best strategies to progress you up that career ladder.
Take Control of Your Success
“The only common denominator in your career is you”
This career advice was given to me years ago by a Global CEO, and it has always stuck with me.
And quite frankly, you are the one who is going to benefit most (fame, money, self-satisfaction) from getting ahead. You should be the person most motivated to get ahead.
And unfortunately, you are the only one who can actually do the work required. You can’t outsource your own professional development!
In today’s business environment, getting the training you need is tough. But the good news is that in five minutes (about the same time as it takes you to drink an espresso), you can get the daily information you need to keep your career on the fast-track to success.
No Budget, No Time, No Training?
Taking full accountability for your training is definitely the first step to fast-tracking your career. But you then face a number of other hurdles.
Large companies have cut budgets so severely, that there is rarely any money to attend, or travel to, the really great procurement conferences and specialised training.
Not only is training funding non-existent, many procurement teams have been forced to downsize to such an extent that they can’t afford to have too many people out of the office at one time.
This is dramatically different to the world in which your bosses grew up in where MBAs were funded, elaborate corporate leadership development programs were in place, and attending conferences were all part of the job.
But this is the reality of the modern economy. This is the business environment you are trying to develop in. And one in which you will also need to nurture and develop other future leaders.
You need to throw out your old conceptions of professional development and training and adapt to the brave new world. This is all about taking matters into your own hands and going digital for success.
Learn Online or Become Obsolete
Globalisation and technological change is disrupting every aspect of procurement. Even when you are motivated to take accountability for your own training, it’s difficult to keep up with everything that’s going on.
Global CEOs are aware of the need to motivate employees to take their professional development into their own hands, and dramatically up-skill themselves now and in the future.
For example, “Adapt, or else”, were the new marching orders for employees of AT&T earlier this year.
Faced with competition from not just from Verizon and Sprint, but also Google and Amazon, the telecommunications giant is now working aggressively to make sure its employees catch up and get ahead of the changing technology of the times.
Its CEO and Chairman, Randall Stephenson, isn’t afraid to mince words about what will happen if his employees don’t.
In an interview with the New York Times, Stephenson said those who don’t spend five to 10 hours a week learning online “will obsolete themselves with technology.”
“There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop,” Stephenson told the Times.
We often joke about doing procurement training at home in your pyjamas. But this is exactly what you can do today.
You can access the latest thinking and procurement insights from around the world on your laptop, smartphone or other device, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
This means there is really no excuse for you not to be plugging those career competency gaps!
Start a Lifelong Habit Today
Starting today, for three weeks, challenge yourself to commit just 5 minutes a day to strengthening your career muscle by enlisting in Career Boot Camp.
By signing up to Procurious, you will wake up to a new podcast (five minutes), blog and lively discussions centred on a different career topic each morning – all to help you get into the best career shape of your life!
Getting involved in the Career Boot Camp will also help you start an important habit. Just a few minutes of daily learning can make the difference between you standing still, and delivering more impact through your role.
Get Connected. Get Ahead!
If you want Procurious to send an invitation to your procurement friends and peers to participate, we can arrange this. Simply reach out to our Community Liaison Manager, Laura Ross via e-mail.
Or, simply refer your team to enlist here.