Yesterday evening, I spent almost 3 hours brainstorming with two inspirational young women. We met to create a shared vision, combine our ideas, and pool our efforts to develop a new career and professional development group. The aim of this group is to respond to a need for a new level of professional support and collaboration that will help motivated professionals, like ourselves, skillfully and happily navigate our career paths.
About a month ago, the three of us, along with a group of diverse professionals, met for a Brazen Careerist Crowdsource Your Career Meetup.com event in the Triangle. Amazingly, professionals from all over the world coordinated to meet in their current cities to socialize, network and discuss the crowdsourced question: What does it mean to be in the driver’s seat of your life and career?
The latest Brazen Careerist Crowdsource Your Career events are happening tomorrow, September 22nd, when “groups all over the world will rally together to answer life’s hard-hitting questions”. Find a group meeting in your area.
I am ecstatic to witness and participate in this movement of mostly Gen Y professionals, who are setting an inspirational example for future generations, willingly asking themselves tough questions, sharing insights and support, and issuing a growing call to action for all professionals to take ownership of their careers!
The inaugural “Brazen” event revealed a genuine need for professionals to gather in a fresh and more intentional way. Personally, I had been feeling the need for more discussion, collaboration, and support among professionals in order to steer a more confident and authentic course through this new global workspace and economy. In fact, this website is a core part of my efforts to connect with other professionals and affect evolutionary change in perspectives, ongoing efforts, and support structures related to career and professional development.
My conversations with these two younger career travelers revealed similar interests, desires, and dreams for more connection and support. So, we made tentative plans to meet and explore insights and ideas geared toward realizing our shared mission.
Toward the end of our first official meeting this evening, I posed a question about the ultimate “vision” for our initiative. Of course, I, myself, did not have a clear answer when I asked that question! However, as I drove home inspired and hopeful, a vision for an overall M.O. or Modus Operandi of the 21st Century Professional began to emerge. Here’s my first draft:
I want to experience or at least help catalyze the movement toward a world forever influenced and revolutionized by:
- Self-aware, confident, and informed professionals committed to life-long learning and development, who provide genuine value, make a difference, and joyfully earn ample income.
- Inspired professionals, who embrace and intentionally design their career path, by exploring their life stories, interests, challenges, and strengths and collaborating with others in order to identify their unique and inspirational contributions, original ideas, and solutions that they can offer to the world.
- Motivated professionals skilled at identifying, creating, and accessing useful resources, while building competence and supportive relationships to navigate through stuck places and challenges in their careers successfully and expeditiously.
- Evolving professionals, who give priority to aiding other professionals through mentoring and connecting (i.e., sharing insights, useful perspectives, encouragement, and resources).
- Proactive professionals committed to creating, sponsoring, supporting, and insisting on improvements of social structures and the creation of additional support services including space and opportunities to connect, collaborate, and share available resources that facilitate and support a pervasive experience of a fulfilling work life.
My dream and our shared vision is still developing. So, I (and I’m sure “we”) would love to hear and read about any thoughts, additions, or questions you have in response to the outline above.
What needs do you have as an evolving professional?
What new professional M.O. do you want to realize in your own life and career?