Tag: Career coaching

Engagement: It’s Up to You!

How engaged are you?

Engagement refers to your loyalty, passion and commitment to your work. It is apparent in the extra effort you make to meet the needs of your colleagues and customers.

Candidly answer these 7 questions: Never, Sometimes or Often?

  1. I recommend my employer to others as a good place to work.
  2. I feel that I’m working to my potential in this job.
  3. I’m thinking of leaving my job.
  4. I put in an effort over and above what is expected of me.
  5. I always speak positively about my employer.
  6. I am committed to helping my employer achieve its business goals.
  7. I enjoy helping others in their work in my organization.

If you don’t have 7 “Oftens”, you would benefit from some career coaching.

As a leader, it is also useful to consider how your employees would answer these questions.

What impact do you have on their engagement? It’s up to you! Your leadership excellence is the most critical factor in creating employee engagement.

Specifically, how you:

  • set direction
  • build trust
  • foster accountability
  • provide growth opportunities
  • communicate about the good, bad and ugly
  • reward your staff.

The payback?

Engaged employees. Employees who are loyal, productive and satisfied. When you foster a culture of engagement, both you and your employees will be more successful.

Be Career Smart: 7 High Gain Questions to Ask Your Boss

In my previous blog “Are You Career Smart?” I touched on the importance of getting feedback about how others see us.

Yet getting these revelations is rarely easy. Leaders often struggle with separating fact from fiction, want to dodge conflict or are simply time-crunched.

Instead of waiting for your boss to paint your profile, arm yourself with these 7 high gain questions:

7 Questions to Ask Your Boss About Your Career:

  1. What do you see as my key strengths and major development opportunities?
  2. In what areas do I need to build muscle?
  3. What are my blind spots?
  4. Where do you see me in one year? Two years?
  5. What are the gaps between my current profile and these roles?
  6. What obstacles do you see in terms of my future?
  7. What key message do you want me to take away today?

Listen with your head and your heart. Avoid being defensive or argumentative. Compare this discovery with how you see yourself. Tell your boss how you are going to apply this feedback.

CORE offers confidential, 1:1 career coaching from a team of highly experienced, knowledgeable, ICF-certified coaches.