Career-development conversations with our staff usually kick off with heavy-duty mental gymnastics, that is, meticulously formulating a career-advancement strategy. This usually takes the form of establishing career goals that align with the organization's strategic compass, charting an exact set of action strategies to achieve the said goals and forecasting outcomes to be realized when the goals are achieved.
As important as these considerations are to career mapping and execution, there is another ingredient in the formula that is equally important. On the surface, the ingredient may seem trivial, but—if negated—it puts the entire career-advancement process in peril. It is an ingredient of