Creating and Achieving Your Personal Development Plan

A personal development plan helps you to grow and achieve. 

So why do so few people take the time to create one?  Two potential reasons are:

• Lack of know how
• Fear of limiting themselves

5 key steps in creating a personal development plan

1. Do a personal stock-take of your strengths and development needs.  As well as your own assessment get the input of others.  They can often see talents that you don’t.

2. Think about what development will help you most in achieving your goals.

3. Decide which methods of delivery will have greatest impact on your learning.

4. Set out a calendar of development events for the next 12 months.

5. Put an accountability structure in place to ensure you follow through.

Benefits of creating a personal development plan

1. You give a clear message that you take your contribution to business success seriously.

2. You can start to work on the areas that are less developed so that you become even more of an asset to your employer.

3. If things are not progressing as you would like career wise you can demonstrate to a potential new employer what you can contribute with real impact.

4. You take informed choices about the type of roles you pursue rather than leaving it to chance.

5. You continue to grow, be motivated and stretch yourself to achieve what you desire.

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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Dr. Kate Siner says 23 June 2016

It’s true a personal development plan helps you grow and achieve. I like the helpful key steps shared here to develop personal growth and all of the benefits are inspiring as well. Thanks for a very nice share.

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