Climbing the Career Ladder

42. The Secret to Career Advancement: Cross Collaborations

July 1, 2024


Unlock the secret to skyrocketing your career through the transformative power of cross collaborations! Kendal Berg explains the crucial role of cross collaborations in career advancement. She delves into various aspects such as the prevention of bias in performance evaluations, the significance of networking beyond direct managers, and the art of building genuine professional relationships. That Career Coach shares valuable insights into evaluating competencies, interpreting the nine-box chart for performance and potential, and strategic career management.

Key takeaways highlight the necessity of showcasing skills for promotion and making intentional career decisions to achieve desired outcomes. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to navigate their career path more effectively through the power of cross collaborations.

Navigating Office Politics: Essential Soft Skills for Career Progression

Progressing in your career often means demonstrating your ability to operate at the next level, not just excelling at your current role. Kendall explains that career advancement isn’t about taking on more work or longer hours, but about showcasing soft skills that enable you to interact effectively with higher-level executives. For junior employees, success is tied to technical performance, but as you climb the ranks, the focus shifts to relationship-building and chemistry.

At senior levels, your role involves facilitating work, making strategic decisions, and navigating complex office politics. This episode dives into the importance of developing strong soft skills and communication abilities to drive career growth and handle the increasing political landscape within companies.

Climbing the Career Ladder: Balancing Performance and Potential

Your potential is just as crucial as your performance in career advancement. While performance is often based on technical skills, potential is measured through soft skills. That Career Coach discusses the importance of being perceived as a high performer who can also handle high-level interactions without faltering. This dual capability places you in the β€œstar” category on the nine-box grid, indicating high potential and high performance, which is essential for career progression.

However, it’s important to remember that your position on the nine-box grid can change with different roles and companies. Understanding how potential and performance are evaluated can help you navigate these shifts and prepare for cross-calibrations. This episode sheds light on the dynamic nature of career evaluations and the significance of balancing technical prowess with strong soft skills to achieve long-term success.

Key Takeaways

πŸ“Š Introduction to Cross Calibrations

πŸ”„ Impact on Career Progression

🀝 Networking and Relationship Building

πŸ“ˆ Competency Evaluation and Job Architecture

🎯 Strategic Career Management

Watch on YouTube


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 3:29 Importance of building a network beyond your direct manager
  • 4:59 Building genuine relationships for career progression.
  • 6:47 Competency Evaluation and Job Architecture
  • 8:55 Displaying competencies at the next level for promotion.
  • 11:08 Explanation of the nine-box chart for performance and potential.
  • 14:09 Importance of balancing technical skills and soft skills.
  • 20:05 Strategic Career Management
  • 23:01 Understanding how performance reviews and cross calibrations impact compensation.

That Career Coach

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