I was talking with a group the other day about their career development vision and goals. I found it concerning how narrow their view was of their development needs and the industries expectations of them.
Recently the trainingindustry.com website provided a post titled Bridging the Gap to the Future by Investing in T-Shaped Professional Development. If you’re not familiar with the concept it is about how the shifting needs of our ever-changing business models combined with the relentless drumbeat of technology development is requiring those who want to have a long lasting career to be both broad and deep.
The article describes being T-shaped in general and then focused on an effort at Harvard to create an IT Academy where they have created 6 competency tracks, to help broaden your horizons.
- Service Mindset
- Trusted Advisor
- Core Practices
- Specialized Disciplines
- Management effectiveness
- Leadership & Coaching
Unfortunately, these courses appear to only be available in face-to-face training, at this point.
ISSIP.org is a community that is focused on Service Innovation and also has committed to developing T-Shaped individuals. Membership is free so if the topic interests you – check it out.