There is a plethora of discussion around how retaining talent and generating staff loyalty is best achieved when there is alignment between the values of an individual and the values of an organisation.
Following on from the recent blog on Managing Talent: How to encourage your workforce to manage their career here are the two questions I am most frequently asked.
Employees ask me “How do I turn down the offer of a ‘perfect opportunity’ without damaging my career?”
Managers ask me “But what if by encouraging them to do all this thinking about their career, they realise they want to leave?”
Thirty two years ago in 1985, an article appeared in the Financial Times crowning the latest winners of the UK’s National Management Championship, a simulation competition that challenged teams from businesses across the country to make the biggest profit with a fictional enterprise. At the time, the government secretary presenting the prizes said “’in survey after survey, British managers at almost all levels have been...
“So where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”
This is a question that all of us have probably been asked at some point in our career. Some of us will have asked that question of others.
So why do leaders and managers ask that question during review conversations? From my experience, working with leaders who are trying to grow and manage their talent pipeline, it is often used as a means to ascertain aspirations, interests and satisfaction. Yet it isn’t actually a very helpful question.