All of us would love to have a job which fit the challenging job-autonomy-new and marketable skills model, but it doesn’t always happen. You may have one boss that absolutely follows that model and then, through a normal transition, have a new boss who doesn’t follow the model at all. In today’s world where your career progress is in your own hands, it is incumbent on you to do as much as you can to keep your skill development moving forward.
Suppose, for example, your former boss was terrific about giving you feedback on your job performance, letting you know immediately when an action you took was incorrect, and making suggestions for future direction. Let’s assume that your current boss is introverted and seems disinterested in giving you (or anyone else) feedback. A few suggestions might be:
- set up a meeting with your new boss specifically to review your progress and ask for feedback
- go to a mentor who is more senior than you, but not in a formal leadership capacity, to seek feedback on how you are doing
- ask your human resources represented if he/she has heard feedback that could be of help to you
- ask colleagues, who are doing the same work, what they have heard about your work
- set a plan for yourself that includes new learning and ask for your boss’ approval
What other thoughts do you have that could be added to the list? What is your plan, going forward, for new skill development? What is the timeframe and what are the resources you need to implement the plan?