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Focused Career Management

Training in career management

Learn to take control of your career

One Day Course

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  • Acquire a toolkit of techniques for taking charge of your career
  • Learn how to align your values with company strategy
  • Discover a procedure for establishing your ‘personal brand’


This is a robust, fast paced programme to help High Potential employees take responsibility for their careers. When an employee is recognised as a “High Potential” person within an organisation it opens up a world of possibilities in terms of promotion prospects and development opportunities. It also, however, creates challenges and pressure for that person to prove that they can perform at ever higher levels and that they can learn and grow on a continuous basis. A key aspect of rising to this challenge is that the High Potential people are enabled to take the initiative for their career development. This programme aims to facilitate that by giving participants access to methodologies that will enable them to clarify and realise their career aspirations.

Learning objectives

By attending this highly interactive course you will:

  • Appreciate the core values and beliefs associated with effective career development
  • Acquire an insight into methods for aligning personal and company objectives
  • Learn how to use “networking strategies” to drive promotion opportunities
  • Understand how to manage upwards
  • Grasp the value and importance of achieving a work/life balance

Who should attend the programme?

This is a talent development programme for employees who want a powerful and robust introduction to the key components of effective career development and want to “take charge” of their future.


Core concepts in career management

Here we consider the golden rules, or key concepts, that are at the heart of effective career management, including the realisation that different leadership levels require different skills.

  • Career Anchors
  • The Leadership Pipeline concept
  • Four Success Factors (ability, ambition, alignment and adaptability)
  • De-railing factors

Exercise: Self-Assessment Exercise

Career planning

Mastering the process of mapping out a career trajectory and acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to take the next step.

  • Understanding career pathways
  • The role of goal setting
  • Acquiring Skills
  • Building networks

Exercise: designing a career path

Developing your personal brand and career alignment

Understanding why having a ‘personal brand’ is important and the relationship your brand has with (i) your values and (ii) your alignment with company values (iii) your career path.

  • Personal Branding Vs. Product Branding
  • Specifying your brand
  • Living your brand

Pairs exercise: developing a personal brand

Work/Life balance

Obsessively concentrating on career goals at the expense of family or social life can cause the problem of ‘burn out’, so it is important to establish boundaries that allow a sense of balance to be achieved.

  • Understanding work/life balance
  • Taking control of your day
  • The concept of Quality Recovery Time (QRT)

Pairs exercise: Designing QRT into your day

How to manage key relationships

Learning what it means to work with your boss (and key clients) and how to support them in a way that makes them want to support you; anticipating and defusing resistance to your ideas and suggestions.

  • Understanding your boss's needs
  • Developing an 'informal' service contract
  • Reporting formats
  • How to 'pitch' an idea
  • The 'lobbying' process

Pairs exercise: making lobbying work


All our programmes are run on an in-house basis and (where appropriate) we conduct interviews and facilitate focus groups to gather information with which to write bespoke case studies that precisely reflect the culture and work environment of the participants.


Feedback is based upon peer reviews using Boulden assessment checklists. Completing the Boulden assessment checklists is not only valuable to the people involved in a given case study, it also helps those completing them to gain an in-depth understanding of the building blocks that make up effective career management.

Follow up Coaching Support (Practise makes Perfect)

The workshop can be followed by a 3/4 month long group coaching activity (using the Action Learning Philosophy). This involves delegates trying out the skills from the workshop in real life situations and getting support and guidance from their peers and the consultant as they do so. If this option is selected there is a Closure Workshop at the end of the coaching phase where delegates present how they have applied the techniques learned on the course into their daily work routine (using the Most Significant Change methodology).

Remote Training

All of our workshops can be delivered as Remote Training via e-learning modules plus Zoom based virtual workshops. Please see our Virtual Training page for more information.


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Tel: 0844 394 8877