Keeping up with the objective of continuously training the KSearch employees through the Knowledge Enhancement Program (KEP), Mr. Manuel R. Guillermo, the company’s President and CEO, invited Mr. Mario R. Gatus to conduct a one-hour talk conducted last 30th of June 2011 at the KSearch office boardroom.
Mr. Gatus is the co-founder, co-owner and President of Drake Beam Morin (DBM) Philippines. DBM is the world’s pioneer in transitioning services, including outplacement, career transitioning, career management, and executive coaching. It operates in more than 230 locations serving in more than 85 countries.
Mr. Gatus is a former partner of SGV&Co./Arthur Andersen where he worked for 32 years, retiring in 1995. He has an MBA degree at the Asia Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Philippine Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Philippines and a Past Governor of the Management Association of the Philippines.
With his strong, impressive career background, Mr. Gatus presented a thoroughly engaging talk entitled “Career Management – Separating the Myths from Realty’’ where he emphasized the need of companies and individuals to align with change (e.g., technology, politics, and globalization) in order to grow, meet the new demands of the marketplace, and remain profitable.
But a question popped from the group, how do we align with change? Mr. Gatus answered this straight-forwardly—“adapt and learn”.
This occurring change has to be integrated with career management, Mr. Gatus stressed. He then enumerated the key initiatives one must pursue to achieve success, as follows:
- Shape and continually refine a career that combines what you value with what you do well.
- Engender self-reliance and the integration of personal goals and plans with the needs of the organization.
- Develop employee skills and competencies for the future.
- Improve the productivity and thus the profitability of the organization.
Effective work practice 20 years ago might not work well today, Mr. Gatus said. Indeed, a paradigm shift has occurred. Some known facts back then are now imposed myths. He cited a few examples of what have become myths:
- Good work ensures a future with your employer.
- The most qualified individual gets the job.
- People 25 years with the same employer occupy a strong, stable career position.
- The best career opportunities are with large organizations.
Identifying these myths, it is now critical to do a self-assessment periodically because as Mr. Gatus pointed out, we are responsible for the initiation and implementation of our own career plan. He also mentioned the need to focus on our strengths and interests but know the weaknesses too; and the relevance of submitting to feedback.
Moreover, a DBM study confirms that 83% of the managers they surveyed agreed that they are the ones responsible for their career development and no one else. Thus, Mr. Gatus reiterated the importance of being in full control of one’s career path.
In the midst of “adapting to change” and “evaluating the self” breathes job satisfaction. When we are satisfied with what we are doing, it benefits our job performance and our organizations in general.
Companies should do their part in their employees’ career growth, Mr. Gatus advised. He then suggested that management must consider the following key points:
- One size does not fit all. As he noted, there should be a unique approach to the enhancement of every individual in order to achieve the full potential.
- The need to provide tools, learning, opportunities, information and feedback to the employees.
- Value of building work teams and matrix.
- Use common language to help better align organization competency needs with individual development.
Mr. Gatus reiterated that to succeed in this fast-changing work environment, a more pro-active approach to career growth is necessary. Interestingly, he then discussed a formula using interfaces (∩) to highlight the achievement of a successful job mind-set, i.e., “what you are good at ∩ what you like doing ∩ what you can make money on”.
He ended the talk by quoting Aristotle, thus: “where your talents end, the needs of the world meet, therein lies your vocation”.
(Summarized by: Verna Austria)