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Article written by Shaun Small
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
Personal development does not necessarily imply upward movement; rather, it is about enabling yourself to improve your performance and reach your full potential at each stage of your career. Follow the 5-step process below to create a successful personal development plan which is a key ingredient to self-improvement.
Step 1: Identify Your Development Target
Your development target should be:
Step 2: Identify Learning and Development Activities Related to the Target
Step 3: Learn and Change
Step 4: Engage Others
Identify stakeholders among different constituent groups including peers, direct reports, colleagues, and managers who can reinforce the development process by providing additional insights and feedback, and can also help change the perception that may exist around a particular behavior. A stakeholder should be someone who:
Step 5: Measure the Success of Your Targets and Specific Action Items
In order to continue learning, think about the following four questions on a weekly or monthly basis:
The desired effect is to reinforce each of your successes and ensure you take any needed actions before the next week or month begins.
You can find a template for your personal development plan below:
Jeff Bogaczyk. "Why a Personal Development Plan Will Make You a Better Person".
Insperity. "The Simple 5-Step Employee Development Plan".
Zulfah Abrahams. "Why You Need to Make a Personal Development Plan".
Success Factors. "Guide to Writing a Career Development Plan".