Sample Research Paper on Career Planning and Management

Career Planning and Management


Effectiveness in a career can be attained through proper planning, as well as management of one’s conduct. A workplace requires one to focus on certain codes of conduct in order to be effective. Although codes of conduct are written on paper and can be enforced using legal means, one needs an inner drive to perform in accordance with his profession, in this case, one needs a number of traits and one of them is personal values. According to Urbany, Reynolds, and Phillips (2008), values are the inherent worth or quality of an idea. On the other hand, Kidder (2001) defines values as ideals or a belief shared by members within the same cultural setting on what is desirable or undesirable, as well as on what is good or bad.

Core values refer to defining moments for an individual, a manager, as well as the organization’s executive, whereby issues are clarified and the right decision is taken in each situation. For an individual, the core values are realized when he or she realizes who they are. In this case, an individual makes out the values that mean most to him or her, and how he or she will implement a personal understanding of what is right. At the managerial level, a manager is supposed to create a defining moment for a workgroup, such that the group can realize who they are and work on attaining their shared goals. In this case, managers seek ways of interpreting a given ethical situation in a way other than their ways, and the point of view is likely to win over the interpretation of the majority. Managers further focus on ways of ensuring their interpretations of the situation win over the group members, and this ensures proper planning for a defining moment (Badaracco, 2006).

For the case of the executives of the company, their core values are revealed when they make decisions that define the company. Such decisions ensure all stakeholders are accommodated in the practices of the companies. They include the decision on the organization’s roles in the society, the executive’s efforts to ensure the organization fulfills its aim, and the formula to use in combining shrewdness, tenacity, and creativity to achieve the best result (Urbany, Reynolds, & Phillips, 2008).

The definition of values and core values relates to my workplace, as well as my work experience. In the first place, I define values as desired end or state of matter and the same definition is shared by Badaracco (2006). Whenever I am on duty, I behave in a manner that ensures that my input will produce a desirable end, and I thus act in creativity, integrity, honesty, and with family as my focus. The company I work for has defined its core values and this ensures that it performs without conflicting with its stakeholders. The company’s core values are focused on customers, employees, the environment, and shareholders. To employees, the company provides a conducive environment for them to perform exemplarily. Using this core value, I normally ensure I work to attain the desired state, and in this case, the production goal of the company.

The company I work for is environmentally conscious, and thus I normally minimize energy utilization to ensure the values of the company are valid. Although the focus of the company is to serve the customer based on his or her needs, I do not allow the customer to infringe on my values. For instance, I cannot bend down to the extent of affecting my family in an effort to serve the customer because one of my values is family first. Generally, my values ensure that I fit into my workplace, and have sustained me during this time I have been in employment.


Badaracco, J. (2006). The Discipline of Building Character. Harvard Business review, January Issue, 1-13.

Kidder, R. (2001). Ethics Is Not Optional. Association of Management, 53 (13), 30-33.

Urbany, J., Reynolds, T., & Phillips, J. (2008). How to Make Values Count in Everyday Decisions. Management Review, 49 (4), 75-84.