Career Development Tips – The Secret is `F.O.A.M.’

04/14/2016 11.45 EST

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Picture this: you’re sitting among an audience filled with employees of all ages, waiting for a career development seminar to start. The seminar begins with a speaker, who opens his presentation by exclaiming, “The secret to successful career development is … F.O.A.M.,” before spraying an entire can of shaving cream on the podium in front of him. While the reactions from the audience may vary from nervous laughter to frantically finding paper towels, there’s one thing in common: the speaker has their full attention. It’s now time to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget – why the acronym F.O.A.M. is a great key for developing a fruitful career.   Throughout the years, I’ve used this demonstration in many career development presentations to illustrate how F.O.A.M. can help one establish a flourishing career. Whether you’re just joining the workforce or you’re a C-suite executive, these four letters can help you advance in your profession:   F.O.A.M.   Fitness: As evidenced by the many articles and books published on fitness, most of us want to be as healthy and in shape as possible. However, getting to that level of fitness takes dedication and high energy, two qualities that are difficult to maintain on a daily basis. These attributes give people the drive to achieve their goals every day, whether it’s sticking to a diet or reaching a new personal record at the gym.   When it comes to the workplace, mental fitness, or “learning agility,” is just as...