German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble with spokesman Michael Offer on November 4, 2010. Offer resigned five days later after a public dressing-down.

Editor’s Note: Ben Williams is a chartered psychologist who coaches on communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace. He also lectures on corporate psychology topics, facilitates think tanks for senior level executives and speaks at business conferences. Further details can be found at benwilliams.co.uk.

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People tend to focus on the urgent elements of their working life, such as daily tasks and the progress of projects

The important -- but never urgent -- process of managing one's career gets rarely gets attention

By planning in advance, a realistic overview of possible career paths can be evaluated calmly and without pressure

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Career self-management

In today’s economic climate, people tend to focus on the urgent and important elements of their working life, such as daily tasks and the progress of projects, useful relationships, coping with office politics, and meeting deadlines and targets. The important – but never urgent – process of managing one’s career gets rarely gets attention, until the ax falls.