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|No. 57||January 2002|
Have You Done Your Annual IC Review?
It's quite common at this time of year to review your career plans, make new year resolutions and dust up your CV, the latter especially if you are one of the many of our acquantiance who have been made redundant in recent months because of any downturn in your local economy or your employers prospects. CVs, however, are just one way of promoting yourself to a prospective employer. A good CV relies on a good analysis of your value to prospective employers. A good starting point is to think of yourself as a provider of valuable intellectual capital.
If we believe in the value of intellectual capital, then as well as suggesting that organizations attempt to analyze and value theirs, then the same should apply to individuals. This idea is outlined more fully in Chapter 5 'The Knowledge Networker's Toolkit' in my book 'Knowledge Networking' (http://www.skyrme.com/pubs/knet.htm). There I suggest you consider the following elements of IC:
For each element of IC you need some yardstick to indicate its quantity and quality. For example, are certain of your capabilities or assets recognized as world-class by your key users or independent evaluators? Once you have ascertained the strength of your IC, you have to connect it to potential buyers. There are two aspects to this:
Tom Peters, among others, has been promoting the notion of viewing yourself
as a brand that has to be marketed. However, you may find the following
resource more useful as a practical guide to assessing your IC:
Know Your Value: Value What You Know, Mick Cole, Prentice-Hall
Even if you are employment and don't need to brush up your CV, its worth doing an IC review as part of your ongoing development plan. It will tell you how much new IC you have gained (and what you might have lost by not keeping current) and where you need to concentrate on boosting it further.
Email: David J. Skyrme
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