Successful Company

Purpose of the Career Development Guide
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What is the Walk & Talk process and what does it aim to achieve?
In our journey through life each of us seeks opportunities to take stock of who we are and where we are going.
The Walk & Talk process is a structured and coordinated process intended to lead the individual through a journey of discovery and personal development in the business and career environment.
Not only does this process assist you in the development of your knowledge, skills and self-awareness, but it should enable you to increase your contribution in the playing field called BUSINESS. It strives to grow your insight into what you can do differently as a team member, as an employee and for your customers in the quest to enhance your efficiency, effectiveness and value add.
Fundamentally, a business strives to build a successful company through successful team members with satisfied customers.
From that basic objective, it follows that there are THREE important role players in the business, each with different requirements whose interests need to be met and satisfied.
You, the individual
The company
Your customers
The company’s success will be measured in the final analysis by the financial returns which it delivers to all its stakeholders (including you).
This will depend on the degree of “overlap” of interests (also known as the Economic Value Add) which can be achieved amongst the three role players. The Walk & Talk process focuses on growing the individual in order to extend this overlap for maximum mutual benefit.
While keeping in mind to satisfy the differing needs of our three main role players…
Let the journey begin!

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What is the Walk & Talk process and what does it aim to achieve?

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In our journey through life each of us seeks opportunities to take stock of who we are and where we are going.

The Walk & Talk process is a structured and coordinated process intended to lead the individual through a journey of discovery and personal development in the business and career environment.

Not only does this process assist you in the development of your knowledge, skills and self-awareness, but it should enable you to increase your contribution in the playing field called BUSINESS. It strives to grow your insight into what you can do differently as a team member, as an employee and for your customers in the quest to enhance your efficiency, effectiveness and value add.

Fundamentally, a business strives to build a successful company through successful team members with satisfied customers.

From that basic objective, it follows that there are THREE important role players in the business, each with different requirements whose interests need to be met and satisfied.

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You, the individual

The company

Your customers

The company’s success will be measured in the final analysis by the financial returns which it delivers to all its stakeholders (including you).

This will depend on the degree of “overlap” of interests (also known as the Economic Value Add) which can be achieved amongst the three role players. The Walk & Talk process focuses on growing the individual in order to extend this overlap for maximum mutual benefit.

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While keeping in mind to satisfy the differing needs of our three main role players…

Let the journey begin!

Create your own deadline or compelling event
Why would one create a compelling event or deadline for yourself?
Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew they had. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!
What is compelling events or deadlines?
A compelling event is something that’s going to happen and bears serious consequences on the day of the event, if certain criterion is not met. A deadline is a date or time something must be done; a deadline could be a compelling event. For the remainder of this section we use Compelling Event and Deadline interchangeably; this process is about getting work done, having fun and growing ones career, in the spirit of growing careers, the two terms are the same.
How would one go about setting your own deadline?
Career Builder learned from working with many individual careers. A good place to begin is to grow a win-win mindset! When one has a win-win mindset growth happens almost on autopilot. Ones environment becomes electric and more people become involved in achieving the goals you set for yourself. People want to be part of something that is alive and excels. Build your career by setting your own deadlines. Set your own goals and work hard to achieve these goals. Remember to always stay flexible to absorb opportunities that may arise. Be careful not to chase down ones goals in a destructive manner to the of what’s happening around you. Develop your unique win-win mindset and involve other people; growing their careers in the process of achieving your goals. Such a person is always wanted in any team! Career Builder call this process “Create your own compelling events”, in other words create your own deadlines.
Coaching session implementing Create your own compelling events:
Nadine
Why would one want to create your own deadlines?
Barry
It creates an environment of growth around you. You will need extra resources; acquiring those resources to get the job done will fast-track your growth in career skills. Deadlines, ones you created or otherwise, get the job done and that’s always a good thing J
Nadine
Which career skills will one typically expand when I create my own deadlines?
Barry
Skills like delegation, questioning skills, listening skills and Overcoming ones fear of the unknown to name but a few.
Nadine
How do I create my own compelling events?
Barry
Prioritize your work. Those tasks and projects at the top is the place to begin. Ask questions like:
Do these projects have deadlines?
If not set a reasonable time for them to be completed.
Which extra resources will I need to complete these projects?
Get these resources, use delegation.
Ask yourself what the one with the resources you have needs that you can offer.
If the project does have a deadline, can I complete the project before the deadline date?
Can I create “small” compelling events before the big date that will assist me in completing certain tasks faster?
Create mini projects out of certain aspects of the bigger project.
Nadine
How would I manage these compelling events I set for myself?
Barry
Use organizing and communication processes to do this. There are many tools, CareerDevelopmentPlan and Alephsynergy will have all the tools you need.
Nadine
If I am unable to complete the deadlines I set for myself, how should one handle this?
Barry
Knowing that you worked hard to complete this deadline, the only thing you can do is learn from what happened. Make some time and review what you did, ask yourself questions like:
What could one have done differently?
Which other resources could one have used?
Which of the tools, methods and processes one used worked and which did not work?
Why did they work and, if not, why did they not work?
Which skills did I learn through creating my own compelling events?
Use questioning skills.
Remember to make time and see how much you grew in the process. Do not just focus on the things that did not work…
Take an orange from your backpack of life, sit down on the mountain you are climbing and look back at the view. Appreciate the effort it took to climb to where you are and enjoy the new skills you have learned.

Create your own deadline or compelling event

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I Ask

Why would one create a compelling event or deadline for yourself?

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I Answer

Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew they had. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!

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I Ask

What is compelling events or deadlines?

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I Answer

A compelling event is something that’s going to happen and bears serious consequences on the day of the event, if certain criterion is not met. A deadline is a date or time something must be done; a deadline could be a compelling event. For the remainder of this section we use Compelling Event and Deadline interchangeably; this process is about getting work done, having fun and growing one’s career, in the spirit of growing careers, the two terms are the same.

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I Ask

How would one go about setting your own deadline?

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I Answer

Career Builder learned from working with many individual careers. A good place to begin is to grow a win-win mindset! When one has a win-win mindset growth happens almost on autopilot. One’s environment becomes electric and more people become involved in achieving the goals you set for yourself. People want to be part of something that is alive and excels.

Build your career by setting your own deadlines. Set your own goals and work hard to achieve these goals. Remember to always stay flexible to absorb opportunities that may arise. Be careful not to chase down one’s goals in a destructive manner. Develop your unique win-win mindset and involve other people; growing their careers in the process of achieving your goals. Such a person is always wanted in any team! Career Builder call this process “Create your own compelling events”, in other words create your own deadlines.

Coaching session implementing Create your own compelling events:

Nadine

Why would one want to create your own deadlines?

Barry

It creates an environment of growth around you. You will need extra resources; acquiring those resources to get the job done will fast-track your growth in career skills. Deadlines, ones you created or otherwise, gets the job done and that’s always a good thing.

Nadine

Which career skills will I typically expand when I create my own deadlines?

Barry

Skills like delegation, questioning skills, listening skills and overcoming one’s fear of the unknown, to name but a few.

Nadine

How do I create my own compelling events?

Barry

Prioritize your work. Those tasks and projects at the top is the place to begin. Ask questions like:

  • Do these projects have deadlines?
    • If not set a reasonable time for them to be completed.
  • Which extra resources will I need to complete these projects?
    • Get these resources: use delegation.
  • Ask yourself what the one with the resources needs that you can offer.
  • If the project does have a deadline, can I complete the project before the deadline date?
  • Can I create “small” compelling events before the big date that will assist me in completing certain tasks faster?
  • Create mini projects out of certain aspects of the bigger project.

Nadine

How would I manage these compelling events I set for myself?

Barry

Use organizing and communication processes to do this. There are many tools, CareerDevelopmentPlan and Alephsynergy will have all the tools you need.

Nadine

If I am unable to complete the deadlines I set for myself, how should I handle this?

Barry

Knowing that you worked hard to complete this deadline, the only thing you can do is learn from what happened. Make some time and review what you did, ask yourself questions like:

  • What could I have done differently?
  • Which other resources could I have used?
  • Which of the tools, methods and processes I used worked and which did not work?
  • Why did they work and, if not, why did they not work?
  • Which skills did I learn through creating my own compelling events?
  • Use questioning skills.
  • Remember to make time and see how much you grew in the process. Do not just focus on the things that did not work…

Take an orange from your backpack of life, sit down on the mountain you are climbing and look back at the view. Appreciate the effort it took to climb to where you are and enjoy the new skills you have learned.