Developing a Career Strategy for the Executive Outlier

career-strategy-for-the-executive-outlier.jpgToday the average person changes jobs every 4 years.  No employers guarantee lifetime employment any longer for any employee.  Even CEO’s for top companies have statistically average life of less than 3 years. 

The number one strategy most employees use is the “Hope” plan.  In other words, hoping you end up someplace good.  The obvious problem with this strategy is that long term success is doesn’t happen organically.  The Executive Outlier will have a career strategy that starts with a vision.  In that vision the Executive Outlier considers several factors including: Timing, preparation and execution.  Lets review some of the basics of career strategy planning and the types of learning and skills required to keep ahead of your game.

Executive Outlier career tactics… finding your path

There are three career tactics.  Your vision will determine which role or roles you will need to be an expert in.  You may use only one, or may switch back and forth between strategies.  Realizing that you will need to change your job many times in your career to develop expertise.

  • Rotational – This is the expert’s path. In rotational roles you will be developing your experience in your expertise.  Some examples of rotational roles include: truck drivers, mechanics, foreman, managers, sushi chefs and software developers.  In a rotational role you are adding experience to something you do well or want to better in.  Many employees spend a lifetime becoming an expert and only seek rotational roles.

  • Transformational – These roles allow you to broaden the number of things you can do. You may be a good manager, but want to add experience in other areas.  For example: sales, business writing, public speaking, operations management in order to add something you feel is missing from your resume.  Taking a transformational role, allows you to develop skills and experience not possible in a rotational role.  Once you have the new experience, a rotational role can give deeper experience in this new expertise.

  • Foundational – These roles are required by an organization to maintain continuity of the business vision. Examples include: Top level managers, unique technical engineering roles or some other experience that the organization would find very difficult to replace.  The Executive Outlier will use rotational and transformational opportunities to make them valuable in for a foundational role. 

Basic Skills and experience for an Executive Outlier Career strategy

Understanding your tactics, now you can develop a strategy.  We’ve identified 7 areas that the Executive Outlier will need to develop in their careers.

  • Network – You must build an exceptional network of people prepared to help you.
  • Leadership – You must be a lifetime student of leadership.
  • Managerial – You must understand how to scale organizational operations.
  • Execution – You must master integrating strategy, operations and people
  • Career – Your career strategy is about more than just working harder
  • Personal – Mastering the soft skills, building charisma and developing self-awareness
  • Financial – It’s not about how much money you make, but how much money you can cultivate.

Executive Outliers choose to work in established organizations or to build their own.  To develop each of these areas in your life, you will develop a career plan.  That career plan will be a series of transformational and rotational roles.  With the end goal to prepare yourself for a foundational role that may or may not have been invented yet.  It will be in that foundational role that you will truly define yourself as an Executive Outlier. 

The executive outlier Series is a way for you to develop your career skills.  The first area we recommend is developing your network.  We have several tools for helping you build and develop a strategy that will help you develop opportunities, referrals and people your inner circle.  As a top executive that inner circle will be one of the essential keys to your success.

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Topics: Business Networking Executive Outlier Building a Professional Network Career Personal Development