Personal development is a
lifelong process. It's a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life
and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential.
15 Personal Development Strategy Tips
personal development strategy begins with a simple premise: your development is
we probably know this to be the case, yet how often do we sit back waiting for
that development to be put on a plate for us. For a lucky few things might fall
into place easily, but for most of us that will not be the case.
not decide that you‘re going to make your own development a priority, rather
than leaving things to chance.
suggest 15 tips to help you think about your own personal development strategy.
In doing so we propose that you think more widely about how you‘d like to
develop. Don‘t limit your thinking to just the work you‘re currently doing.
happy manager, development is much wider than job specific training, it should
be about you career and about your life.
15 tips to help you develop your own personal development strategy:
1. Make your
own development your number 1 priority.
more time developing as a person than developing as a manager.
you had to make the case to yourself regarding the development you need. What
would it take to convince you to invest?
yourself a self-appraisal. (see our article: self-performance appraisal for
some useful questions to ask yourself)
how you want to develop, rather than conform to whatever an organization might
tell you to do. In some cases they may be one and the same – but the difference
is that you choose to do it!
much more time on getting better at what you‘re good at, than struggling to
improve your weaknesses.
some specific strengths you have and commit to getting even better at them.
8. What do
you aspire to do/be?
9. Make the
―ordinary‖ part of your development – what happens in your normal day‘s work
that can help you to develop?
Choose something you do, then try to do it to the
best of your ability.
Take real pride in something that you do.
Take on an ordinary project and find something
extra-ordinary in it – try to make a real impact.
Vary your learning diet. Experience bite-size
learning, the small learning snacks just when you need them. But make sure you
also experience the breadth of learning from a longer, more measured,
―learning‖ meal taken regularly.
Cultivate a healthy dissatisfaction with how things
are. If you are to improve you need to have some dissatisfaction with your
current abilities. Be careful that your motive here is to improve, not to
become frustrated or cynical.
Learn more about what you really enjoy doing.