A few months ago, I wrote about the big mistake that many of us make at work--managing our current job at the expense of managing our overall career. We spend so much time trying to please our current employer, we forget that there's a future that will most likely not be in our current role and organization.
In part, this is a question of how we spend our time and where we're focusing our attention. Kyle Westaway argues that the best way to think about how you invest time in your career is to adapt Google's 70/20/10 rule:
- 70% of your time working in your core competency areas.
- 20% of your time working in side projects related to your core competencies, but that stretch those competencies into new areas.
- 10% of your time learning new skills and developing side projects that are related to those new skills.
I think this is a fantastic way to to divide your time and attention. That 30% of your time spent in stretch assignments and side projects will pay great dividends in keeping you nimble and flexible moving forward.
One of the reasons we're doing the Leadership Lab is because we want to help people take greater charge of their own leadership and career growth, particularly in terms of developing new skills. In my career work I see so often that when people lose their jobs it becomes harder for them to find new work because they spent 100% of their time on the job they have today, rather than spending part of that time on the job they would need tomorrow.
To me, leadership starts with taking charge of ourselves, and this framework for thinking about how to spend your time is a great place to start.
What are your thoughts?