Continuing Professional Development: Are You Guilty of This?

Ask most managers and leaders about continuing professional development and one of the things that they are likely to say is that they are lacking time to do it.

While reading the newspaper the other day I came across an article based on research by KPMG which staggered me.  Why?  The reason was that the research had found that people were spending 3 hours and 45 minutes on average per day watching TV!  That equates to something in the region of 26 hours a week and over a 100 hours a month.

Even using a fraction of this time to do some continuing professional development could make a difference.  For example you could:

  • Listen to a podcast
  • Read a newsletter
  • Go to one professional association CPD event
  • Study for another qualification

Take note of how much of your free time is spent on front of the TV and see what you could do instead to develop yourself as a manager or leader.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Dirk says 19 July 2009

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