2. Explore items of interest not within your sphere. There are certain websites that I try to read as often as possible. I am very much interested in sites like CFO, CEO, CMO, CIO.com (and of course, TLNT). I want to know what the thought processes are in these peer driven areas. What are they struggling with? This gives you a bird’s eye view of the things that are keeping professionals up at night. Remember, if these are the people that you want to be in the room with, you have to be able to understand what they are struggling with.
3. Take advantage of free educational resources. There are so many free webinars available today that you can just put the earphones on and listen. Every type of subject can now be explored on a free basis, and the only point of entry is to sign up. The great advantage of webinars is that once they run you can always go back and listen to them again. Deloitte, McKinsey, and many others produce numerous white papers on all the key HR disciplines — and all at no cost to you for the most part. There are numerous YouTube videos and Ted Talks that are also rich in content regardless of your discipline
4. Who do you admire in your industry? We all have people that we admire in our field. For the most part, all of them publish either a blog,are an influencer on LinkedIn, or speak occasionally. You can now, with just a few clicks, connect with them on LinkedIn and keep abreast of their work. Not only that, but the real stars in this field are all approachable. Reach out to let them know that you admire their work and want to connect.
5. Get involved. There are numerous HR groups outside of SHRM. Here in Dubai, we created the HR Leaders UAE Forum for senior leaders. We connect throughout the day on WhatsApp, and our first ever meet-and-greet will be held next month. If you do not have one in your city, get a few people together and create your own.
These days you can’t sit back and complain about not being developed. You development should be paramount to your career and you should own it. If you are lucky to work in a company that values development, that’s great, but if not, you must develop yourself.