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Validate your career choice using lean startup principles

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Presentation from Net Impact 2015 Conference #NI15 on how you can use Lean Startup principles to validate your career choice and increase the chances of getting your dream job.

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Validate your career choice using lean startup principles

  1. 1. Title Slide Mark Horoszowski of MovingWorlds.org @Experteering | mark@movingworlds.org | #NI15 USING LEAN STARTUP PRINCIPLES TO UNCOVER (AND GET) YOUR DREAM CAREER
  2. 2. CORPORATE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION NONPROFIT STARTUP
  3. 3. WHY ARE YOU HERE?
  4. 4. BE MORE INNOVATIVE STOP WASTING PEOPLE’S TIME BE MORE SUCCESSFUL
  5. 5. REFLECT I’ll love my job if it ______ I excel in these work environments _______ My strengths are ______ I can make an impact in my job by _______ The best way to find my desired job is _____
  6. 6. GET OUT OF THE BUILDING! YOUR SEATS!
  7. 7. Monsanto or Gates Foundation?
  8. 8. 61%
  9. 9. AN EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENT
  10. 10. Your For-Good Career Validation Board YOUR PURPOSE AUTONOMY YOU DESIRE SKILLS YOU ARE MASTERING YOUR COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP STYLE ORGANIZATION’S PURPOSE SKILLS NEEDED IN ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATION’S STRUCTRE MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION STYLES WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION
  11. 11. Your For-Good Career Validation Board YOUR PURPOSE AUTONOMY YOU DESIRE SKILLS YOU ARE MASTERING YOUR COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP STYLE ORGANIZATION’S PURPOSE SKILLS NEEDED IN ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATION’S STRUCTRE MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION STYLES WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION In person or virtual? Structured or unstructured? Written or spoken? One-on-one or a group? What causes motivate you? Do you need to see and “feel” the impact, or can you be removed? Do you need to be responsible for impact, or can you be operational? What are you best at? What do you want to learn? Do you want to be a manager or “individual contributor”? What does autonomy mean to you? How important is setting your own goals? How important is it to have a clear definition of a role vs. ambiguity? Do you actively pursue getting feedback? What are the most common communications styles? What is the management style within this company? Will your direct manager help you develop and provide autonomy? Is the company innovative to improve efficiency for its employees
  12. 12. Your For-Good Career Validation Board YOUR PURPOSE AUTONOMY YOU DESIRE SKILLS YOU ARE MASTERING YOUR COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP STYLE ORGANIZATION’S PURPOSE SKILLS NEEDED IN ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATION’S STRUCTRE MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION STYLES WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION In person or virtual? Structured or unstructured? Written or spoken? One-on-one or a group? What causes motivate you? Do you need to see and “feel” the impact, or can you be removed? Do you need to be responsible for impact, or can you be operational? What are you best at? What do you want to learn? Do you want to be a manager or “individual contributor”? What does autonomy mean to you? How important is setting your own goals? How important is it to have a clear definition of a role vs. ambiguity? Do you actively pursue getting feedback? Does the organization’s purpose align with yours? Does the organization have roles that allow you to see impact of your work? Is there a place for your skills on the delivery and/or operational side? Does the organization have a place for your current skills? Does the organization have a method for helping you develop? Is there a future place for you in the organization? Does the organization reward autonomy? What are goal setting and review periods like? How clearly defined are roles? Is it common for people to initiate work? How is 360 degree feedback encouraged and managed? What are the most common communications styles? What is the management style within this company? Will your direct manager help you develop and provide autonomy? Is the company innovative to improve efficiency for its employees
  13. 13. I NEED A VOLUNTEER
  14. 14. How do you know if a company… ... has the right level of management for you? … has the right learning opportunities for you? … has the right projects and challenges for you?
  15. 15. YOUR HOMEWORK T A S K
  16. 16. YOUR HOMEWORK TALK TO TONS OF PEOPLE A S K
  17. 17. YOUR HOMEWORK TALK TO TONS OF PEOPLE ASK SMART QUESTIONS S K
  18. 18. What is a smart question?
  19. 19. Do you like your job? Is it soooooooooo cool to work at Gates Foundation? What part of your day job makes you feel most alive? What are you measured on? What’s the management style like? How much longer do you plan on working there? How often do team members leave… why do they leave, and where do they go?
  20. 20. YOUR HOMEWORK TALK TO TONS OF PEOPLE ASK SMART QUESTIONS SAY THANKS, GET CARDS K
  21. 21. YOUR HOMEWORK TALK TO TONS OF PEOPLE ASK SMART QUESTIONS SAY THANKS, GET CARDS KICK IT!
  22. 22. The world is run by those who show up…not those who wait to be asked. -Steven Blank
  23. 23. Title Slide Mark Horoszowski of MovingWorlds.org @Experteering | mark@movingworlds.org GO BE AWESOME (and don’t waste people’s time)

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