People at Work
People at Work
Jul 26, 2021
Career management has changed with Denise Cooper
Play • 37 min

If you’ve been working this past year and a half, you know that where and how we work has changed. But, do you know that career management has had a seismic shift too?

It stands to reason that if employees are expecting changes in work habits, recognition, and care for their individual needs, that attitudes towards careers are changing too.

Denise Cooper joins me on People at Work to talk about the new landscape of career management. The basis of employment has always been a contract for work in exchange for pay. Climbing the career ladder meant increasing pay with increasing importance or status in an organization.

Those days are gone. Now, as all things job and career become more human-centric, we must transcend the contractual way of thinking. A key shift according to Denise, is understanding that all workers are knowledge workers (not just those who work in offices).

Once we do that, we open up a much more diverse and engaging conversation about career development. In this conversation, Denise encourages us to question performance standards and reward systems, see organizations as communities working together, and encourage space for individual stories.

Whether you’re a manager or an individual contributor, the memo is here: career development has changed. Take a listen to Denise’s perspective on how we use this shift to showcase our own brilliance and that of our team.

About our guest:

Denise Cooper is an Executive Trainer with 25 years experience in Human Resources, apprentice patio builder, and amateur gardener.

You can connect with Denise on LinkedIn at and on Instagram @denisecooperinc.


Denise's book, Remarkable Leadership Lessons, is available on Amazon.

Her podcast, Closing the Gap with Denise Cooper, is available wherever you get your podcasts.

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