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How “Helpful” Systems Extinguish Career Development

Bev Braun-Allard

Everyone once in a while I come across an article that really connects for me. This article that a
colleague passed on to me recently is a good example.  People have all sorts of misconceptions about career development and there are varying schools of thoughts.  In this case, it is like the authors were inside my head when they wrote this article.

How Helpful Systems Extinguish Career Development

What makes this article great is that the authors, Beverly Kaye & Julie Winkle Giulioni, do a great job of clarifying that career development is not a form or a process, but instead a conversation  The article endorses what we promote in our work – employee ownership, a little bit of development every day and intentional career development interactions and conversations between leader and employee.

This is one  of the best articles I’ve read on career development.  If you are looking for further reading, the author’s book “Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go” is another great read.