Growing Every Day

One of my favorite ideas from Julie Winkle Giulioni and Beverly Kaye’s new book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, is the idea that career development belongs to a village. Although a manager or supervisor plays an important role in helping an employee develop, it takes a wider community of people supporting, caring for, and providing feedback to someone to help them grow. And, any individual is ultimately responsible for their own growth.

This comforts me! I love that the individual members of a team can challenge and stretch each other, can teach and share valuable to feedback with one another. We can learn from each other; we can learn from our clients; we can learn from people outside of our work life: our friends, partners, neighbors, our children (!).

I needed a village yesterday. A careless mistake left me feeling really frustrated and discouraged with myself. The mistakes served as a major trigger for me to realize that I need to slow down. After a series of conversations with team members, a client, my coach, and a close friend, I had more insight into the events that led to the mistake. I had a plan of how to prevent a similar mistake in the future, and I felt hopeful that I have the support I need as I move forward.

It takes a village. For me, this is a pressure-releasing statement. The only person whose development I am completely responsible for is my own. I can make a difference for others, asking questions and creating opportunities to help them grow and develop their careers. And, there will be a host of other players involved in the process.

For practical ideas about how to help others grow, and great insights about your own growth and development, I encourage you to buy a copy (or three) of Julie Winkle Giulioni and Beverly Kaye’s new book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want. 

About Becky Robinson

I am the owner of Weaving Influence and the leader of the Weaving Influence team. We help authors and thought leaders grow their online influence. I am also a wife and mom of three daughters, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, a good cup of coffee, and dark chocolate.

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  • Good post, Becky. Our errors and mis-steps remind us that we need to slow down and back off periodically. That’s one of the things I enjoy about your blog. You are willing to own up and be who you are. And we can all learn from that.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Martina

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