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The Five Principles of Career Success™ Series
(2-Part Series)

A comprehensive, interactive career planning and training workshop series which includes creating your brand through self-awareness assessments; improving organizational awareness; developing a career action plan, building relationships and social capital through one’s emotional intelligence. The result: an inner confidence, enthusiasm, and focus in knowing the tools and strategies for career success.

  • Principle 1 – Find Your Career Focus—Self-Awareness
  • Principle 2 – Understand and Research Your Options
  • Principle 3 – Create a Career Action Plan
  • Principle 4 – Build Relationships
  • Principle 5 – Make It Happen—Work Your Plan

Program Details


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“Find Your Career Focus – Self-Awareness”

Self-insight is the key to empowered career planning and decisions about our work and life. We can improve our sense of direction and purpose through careful self-review. You’ll assess major achievements, skills, values, goals and develop a personal mission statement. Aligning these with your present work, career direction, performance review and learning goals creates energy, excitement and success. Use these First Principle results as a yardstick to measure/explore other career opportunities, make decisions and create career plans. Find out what it means to be an “inspired performer.”


1. Recognize that Self-Awareness and insight are the keys to empowered career planning and decisions. Those who align personal values, interests, achievements, skills and purpose with present work and career goals create energy, excitement and success;
2. Identify your five most important work and life achievements, and the common motivators, energizers or threads that run through each achievement;
3. Participants will be able to describe their most dominant personal value;
4. Understand the three components of the Personal Mission Statement, its value, and be able to create a draft for the following class;
5. Identify and prioritize the ten strongest skills, five motivated skills and areas for development;
6. Participants will be able to describe their Interest Inventory Code;
7. Recount how the results for each of the above exercises directly relates to present position, performance review and Learning Plans, future growth/goals and career direction, by completing the Four Actions Steps Summary;
8. Be able to use these First Principle results as a yardstick to measure/explore other career opportunities, make decisions and create career plans.

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“Understand and Research Your Options”

From the First Principle of self-awareness we move to organizational awareness, the focus of the Second Principle, recognizing that empowered, realistic career planning and decisions depend on solid research and information. What are the business goals and needs, and how does my work contribute? What about organization, technology and business trends/changes? Will they affect my present work, training and career plans? What are opportunities and career options? We’ll introduce the role of Networking, a crucial career management tool, and use company tools and resources to build organizational awareness. Then we will begin to develop a career plan in the next Principle, to tie your self-review with your research and internal opportunities.


1. Recognize that information gathering and exploration is an on-going process in today’s rapidly changing work environment. Empowered, realistic career planning and decisions depend on solid research and information.
2. Use the five Research Action Items to evaluate present work, business objectives and values, changes and trends, internal options and company tools and resources:
a. internal options/opportunities and company resources;
b. present position, career direction;
c. skills/training and related tools: suggested/required functional/technical/business training,
advanced education, rotation assignments, certifications, other assessments, job posting,
Career Coaching, image/confidence/motivation coaching, mentors/sponsors, and
interview/resume coaching;
d. organization, technology & industry trends;
e. business objectives, values & needs;
3. Participants will learn to link goals, skills, interests, and values to the organization, business objectives and values, as a “business partner” building one’s worth and marketability;
4. Participants will identify one or more of the three career options that most fit the current situation, and complete a Present Position Review and related Options exercises for the next class;
5. Recount the value of building a Career Action Plan, the key process components, and prepare a draft plan that links First Principle (self-awareness) and Second Principle (organizational awareness), performance review, and Learning Plan results/data to business needs and values.

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“Create a Career Action Plan”

Building a Career Action Plan that links First Principle (self-awareness) and Second Principle (organizational awareness), performance review, and Learning Plan results/data to business needs and values is the key deliverable for this workshop series.


1. Begin to create a bridge between our individual (First Principle) and organizational (Second Principle) awareness: the individual Career Action Plan, the focus of the Third Principle of Career Management;
2. The primary goal is to develop and manage a flexible Career Action Plan that links individual goals, skills, interests and values to individual performance, Learning Plan, and organization/business needs and values;
3. Share the Plan with appropriate decision-makers and/or key stakeholders. Discuss how the participant can contribute to the needs of their managers and stakeholders. [/pane]

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“Build Relationships” and “Make It Happen–Work Your Plan”

Building positive relationships and partnerships is the single most important factor today to personal, career and organizational success. With work and organizations changing so rapidly, and with the global business environment and technological influences there is an urgent need to be better, faster and smarter in building relationships. The Fourth Principle is about improving our relationships and communications by understanding Emotional Intelligence (or EQ) principles, developing our Personal and Social Competence EQ skills, and valuing individual Diversity. Research indicates that EQ is much more important than IQ, can be developed and contributes to 60% of job performance, with 90% of top performers scoring high in EQ. The Fifth Principle, Make It Happen—Work Your Plan, includes a project outline to track status and actions for each Principle in the workshop series.


1. Recognize that with work and organizations changing so rapidly, and with the influence of technology, the way people are connected requires new and more complex relationships;
2. Describe the importance of the phrase “we are the architect of our relationships,” in today’s work environment, and the connection to our personal, career and organizational success;
3. Understand the concept of EQ and how it impacts performance, decision-making and relationships, all crucial to Career Management;
4. Participants will know their EQ score, and identify specific goals and strategies to improve communications and increase their EQ skills;
5. Identify specific actions required to maintain and implement the Career Action Plan including leading an annual Career Development discussion with a manager, supervisor, sponsor and/or network contacts.