Develop a 职业生涯 roadmap

Write a 5-year plan that works

I read a front page Wall Street Journal article that had an unnerving effect on me almost two years ago. 题为“The End of Employees,” it described how American companies were rapidly downsizing their workforces while outsourcing at a record pace.

The article confirmed what I observed and experienced during my 职业生涯. 多年来, I had led communications for several restructuring programs, divestitures and turnaround initiatives – often looking for creative ways to tell these difficult stories with compassion and understanding.

Today, we continue to hear stories in our community about companies heading down this rocky path. So, how do we remain strong while preparing for this reality?

I’ve discovered that if you have a roadmap for navigating down a winding and sometimes bumpy 职业生涯 path, you will increase your chances for staying on track. You’ll also likely have a very satisfying and exciting journey, despite a few challenges along the way.


In my final year of grad school (about 25 years ago), a professor required me to create a five-year 职业生涯 plan. He asked my class to look five years out and plan in reverse order. The instructor recommended that after the term ended, we read the 职业生涯 plan at least every six months and keep the plan updated.


Not only did I follow my plan, but to my surprise, I reached my goals in three years, two years earlier than expected.

Since that time, I have maintained an updated 职业生涯 plan and refined my approach. My process involves clearly identifying what I want, when I expect to get it, 清单的障碍, identifying the people I need to work with, defining a plan of action, and determining why I want it. The late Zig Ziglar taught similar principles many years ago.

Not only do I write it down, but I frequently read and update the plan. 对我的生意 赫有限责任公司, I also developed a 2020 vision along with a purpose (mission), guiding principles, how I work and – most importantly – principles to live by.

Will everything go as planned? 绝对不是. 生活发生了. But, by identifying strategic options in your plan, it’ll help in determining which roads to explore.

Prep是 for Rough Terrain

Similar to what I learned from my p是nts, grandp是nts and teachers:

  • Surround yourself with people of integrity
  • Be a student – never stop learning
  • Be a mentor and a giver – pay it forward
  • Know your real friends – they’re the ones who there when times 是 tough
  • Listen to feedback from others, but don’t be discouraged by the negative
  • Separate yourself from those who 是 a bad influence
  • Log your progress – positive and negative
  • Have confidence – “do things afraid”

4 F’s for Life Balance

Most importantly, I believe you can only be highly effective if you 是 grounded in core values. That means you consistently need to strive for fulfilling your purpose within a framework of priorities. I live by four principles, which I call my 4 F’s – Faith, Family, Fitness and Finances.

Packaging it All Together

Activating a strategic roadmap and consistently living within priorities (actions) will result in a promising and fulfilling life and 职业生涯 that will not only guide you, but will give more to others.

Zig Ziglar said it best, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”



President, 赫有限责任公司 Communications + Marketing