Archived posts for 2010 July:

Academe’s Low Ceilings

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Many ask about career advancement strategies within their own organization. Why do some get the jobs and others don’t?  What factors are considered? How do you break through doors and ceilings?

First, you have to think of your organization as an upside down funnel. There are fewer roles the higher up you go in the hierarchy. With limited supply and ample demand, there are limited slots for advancement. You either need to get one of them or try another approach. (The Career Ladder need not be vertical.)

Talent seeks its own level. If you demonstrate competence, attitude and the ability to get things done, and position yourself near organizational updrafts, you may find yourself fielding opportunities.

Sometimes, however, you have to jump ship, either to another unit, team, or organization. A fresh start in a new environment can be invigorating.

Here’s a perspective, with comments worth a quick review.

See Academe’s Low Ceilings, Chronicle of Higher Education.

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EKF/EKF1004.pdf

Linked In?

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What are your thoughts on LinkedIn and how might it be used to bolster your career?

I believe LinkedIn has a place… for some. If you need to network with professionals in your field or area of work, it may be helpful. I personally place minimal value in it. I see it used extensively by people in sales, and many others simply register to be part of a larger professional directory.

Frankly, I want to be networked more effectively in relationships among the people I actually work with. And that would be more F2F. The last thing I need or want is to be bothered by the pervasive pings and pangs of others with whom I have little or no time to be with, and their networks… and their networks. It is one big distraction.

If you have a goal in mind, start there and see if LinkedIn will add value. Otherwise, create fewer distractions in your world. You’ll think better.