Fireproof Your Career

Anne Baber, of “Make Your Contacts Count” fame, joined us in the CFO–Career–Forum on Tuesday to discuss strategies for creating a personal protection plan for your career … i.e., a strategic business plan for your career.

She had so much great information I actually took five pages of notes!

Her basic premise is, “be eager to stay and prepared to go.” The bottom line is that each individual is responsible for his or her own career. Anne refers to this as being “the champion of your own career.” I love that visual. It is not the responsibility of your boss, your company, or anyone else … the responsibility for your career lies with you. As a side note, Cliff Hakim authored a great book around this very topic called, “We Are All Self–Employed.” It’s a great read for anyone who is in the workforce.

One of the key strategies she mentioned was “liberate your mind.” In other words, be open to who you are outside of what you do. She noted an interesting statistic … the degree to which you identify with your company (i.e., introduce yourself as the CFO of ABC Company) is a strong indicator of the joy you get from your association with the company.

For example, when you introduce yourself is it as, Joe Smith, CFO of ABC Company? Or, do you lead with one unique and interesting statement about you that is memorable and promotes a continuing dialogue?

Do you have your own identity or is your identity woven into the company who provides your paycheck? If it is the latter, how long are you hoping that identity will last?

Fireproof Your Career

Fireproof is a verb … to be eager to stay and prepared to go in volatile times. It is critical that you create your personal career security protection plan so turbulence in the corporate world doesn’t lay you low.

Join us on Tuesday, August 21 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern as Anne Baber, co–author of the just released Fireproof Your Career Toolkit, shares five strategies for executives to fireproof his or her career. You can jumpstart your participation in this guest expert call by listening to the audio previews at

If you are a member of the CFO–Career–Forum, log in and register. If you are not a member of the CFO–Career–Forum but want to join the call … Register here!

If you are not available Tuesday at 4:00 Eastern time, the call will be recorded and available on Wednesday, but only if you have registered for the telecall.

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