Developing your skills requires a focused Plan
How and why a career development plan is needed at any level is critical to advancement. Here are 4 specific reasons why a well thought out plan is needed.
- In order to create a quality plan, you must put into action an assessment process to determine what areas you need to develop. No valid assessment, no plan, no plan, no progress.
- Plans establish a timetable for achieving specific learning and development activities established in your plan. A plan end date is established. The focus and motivation created by a specific timetable contribute to following through.
- Resources are identified such as; classed, books, training programs videos, etc. Once you have the appropriate resources pinpointed it is much easier to take action.
- Of critical important for building a career plan is what I refer to as decisions in the moment for development. Everyone is busy. Everyone is distracted at some point and at some level. Most good intentions fro career development fail in the moment.
- You have thought about the importance of deveoping a specific skill for example. You do not have a plan but you are motivated to move ahead.
- When you uncover a “time opportunity” where you have a specific increment of time available, you are not prepared to take action in the moment without a plan
- If you have a development plan in place and you re-capture some open time, you simply to turn to the plan and take action on what the plan is calling for in the momnet. No guess wor and no wsted opportunity
DISCUSS THE ENGAGEMENT ISSUE
The criticality of engaging employees
If the famous movie character Forrest Gump might say if teaching a career development class…”engagement is as engagement does.”
Why do I feel that the entire issue of “employee engagement” is such an important issue and why it should be included in every viable career development plan?First, take a look at this data on how employees and their engagement with management is impacting companies today.
Career Development Important Lessons
Gallup has reported that as much as 70% of the variance in the employee engagement of teams can be traced back to the influence of the manager — through the manager’s engagement, behaviors as observed by team members and the natural wiring of managers.
How does this apply to your career development plan?
- When you are researching companies to work for you need to do your best to find out how engaged they are with employees. The culture of an organization with poor engagement with it’s people is not a positive place for anyone’s success.
- Your success within an organization will be influenced by your own ability to engage within the business unit.
- If you aspire to a management career, learning early what it takes to create and nurture employee engagement is a must.
Career skills development for management needed globally