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Career Anchors

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Do your employees seem stuck in their current career? For almost 50 years, people have turned to Career Anchors. A self-assessment helping employees discover potential "career anchors" weighing down their productivity.

How It Works

Career Anchors offers a role-mapping process helping participants pinpoint external demands and pressures. This workshop contains career, family, and real-life scenarios to suggest different ways productivity can be affected by everyday life. Career Anchors also includes developmental activities participants can use as next steps in their career development.

Uses and Applications

Career Anchors helps participants identify areas of competence, motives, and values related to their work choices. A model based on the eight "career anchors":

  1. Technical/Functional Competence: The ability to apply skills to technology in the workplace
  2. General Managerial Competence: Managing and contributing to the organization’s success
  3. Autonomy/Independence: The ability to define one’s work independently
  4. Security/Stability: Desiring steady employment and decreased uncertainty
  5. Entrepreneurial Creativity: Creating an enterprise with innovative thinking and development
  6. Service/dedication to a Cause: The opportunity to pursue work that has meaning and value
  7. Pure Challenge: A competitive role that allows solving complex problems
  8. Lifestyle: The opportunity to balance work and home life

Learning Outcomes

This newest edition has updated information and research, including a more detailed description and elaboration of all eight anchors. Participants also discover more about the rapidly-changing world of business by uncovering critical information influencing career trajectories. Subjects include:

  • Globalization
  • Heightened competition
  • New technologies
  • Organizational instability
  • Shifting societal values

Product Details

Product Type: Workshop and assessment. The Facilitator Guide is an in-depth resource designed to enhance the Participant Workbook and the Paper-Assessment.
Target Audience: Employees of all levels.
Measures: Career Anchors measures how participants identify areas of competence, motives, and values related to their work choices.
The Eight Career Anchors:
  • Technical/functional competence
  • General managerial competence
  • Independence
  • Security/stability
  • Entrepreneurial creativity
  • Service
  • Pure challenge
  • Lifestyle
Time Required: Half-day or two-hour workshop.

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

The Facilitator Guide includes background information, administrative guidelines, step-by-step workshop outline, and sample participant materials. Facilitator materials will be available as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Workbook 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The Workbook serves as comprehensive takeaway including critical content, worksheets, and forms used during the workshop.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The print version is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment. It includes pressure-sensitive forms for manual scoring.

About the Authors

Edgar H. Schein is Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His consulting work focuses on organizational culture, organization development, process consultation, and career dynamics, and among his past and current clients are major corporations both in the U.S. and overseas. Companies including Digital Equipment Corporation, Ciba-Geigy, Apple, Citibank, General Foods, Procter & Gamble, ICI, Saab Combitech, Steinbergs, Alcoa, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Exxon, Shell, AMOCO, Con Edison, and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.

John Van Maanen works within the fields of organizational behavior and theory and is an ethnographer of organizations ranging from police departments to educational institutions to a variety of business firms. In addition, he has worked with numerous public and private organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia, including BP, IBM, BMW, Siemens, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Lafarge, Warburg Dillon Read, and the National University of Technology (Singapore).