WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Be Autonomous In Your Development And Growth

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is: How To Be Autonomous In Your Development And Growth

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week is: Going Across Rather Than Up The Proverbial Career Ladder

Tony’s story of how when he felt his development and growth had stagnated at a time when there was no scope for him to advance his position within his company, he found a way to learn new skills by sharing his knowledge and expertise. 

MONDAY

Tony is a sales negotiator in residential property. While he enjoys his work, he feels his development and growth has stagnated. For the moment there is no scope for him to advance his position within the company – and he is fine with that, because he enjoys his day-to-day work. 

TUESDAY

But he does feel the need to stretch himself more, and he wants to develop new skills – to go across rather than up the proverbial career ladder. He identified that he wanted to develop his coaching and training skills, and figured the best way to get started at this would be to … 

WEDNESDAY 

teach something to someone. He had a wealth of knowledge, and so he asked himself what the smallest and simplest thing he could do to teach someone was. A fundamental part of his role was building rapport and connecting with people both on the phone and in person. Tony excelled at … 

THURSDAY

this, but he’d observed that other colleagues in different functions sometimes struggled. While this wasn’t necessarily integral to all roles, Tony felt this was a WorkLife skill that would benefit everyone, regardless of whether they needed it in their particular role. Because … 

FRIDAY

it was something that had always come naturally to him, he’d never given much thought as to how he did it. So he began to break down the steps: 1. Open with a smile 2. Be himself 3. Be friendly 4. Listen well 5. Show real interest 6. Find common ground 7. Go off-script. He noted … 

SATURDAY

questions he used throughout the call or meeting to build and maintain rapport, to really connect with people. The company ran Friday Lunch and Learn sessions where people imparted their knowledge to a captive audience of pizza eaters. Tony put forward his idea for a session on … 

SUNDAY

building rapport, which attracted a lot of interest. He wanted to make it fun, and so he asked people to share experiences and ideas for good, bad and ugly sales calls, which he then developed into roleplay scenarios. People loved it and wanted more. Tony was happy to oblige.

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Going Across Rather Than Up The Proverbial Career Ladder, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Be Autonomous In Your Development And Growth

If you enjoyed Tony’s story, you may also like to learn about the exercises that helped him to continue to develop and grow and learn new skills, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s WorkLife Book of The Week: How To Be Autonomous In Your Development And Growth.

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Matt’s Story: His Journey To And His Discovery of his Ability to Self-Coach, Direct and Lead from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Self-Coach, Direct And Lead Effectively

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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