personal development

Have You Created Your Individual Development Plan?

If you do research on how to create an individual development plan (IDP), you’ll probably notice that the advice you find is typically offered to a leader or manager, helping to develop an IDP for their employee.

They all start with the notion that first, you should know where the business is going and then talk with your employee about the future. Next, it’ll walk you through determining what the person is missing (gap analysis). Finally, it ends with creating a training plan and applying it. You might even find some lists that have a few more steps, but the majority contain at least those steps.
 

But why wait for your manager to create an Individual Development Plan?

Managers are busy. Sometimes they are lucky to get 1:1 meetings done, let alone helping someone write a plan to develop their career.  So our advice? Take your future into your own hands and get started.

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Be Present. Be Mindful.

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

What is your job title? Does it include the word leader? Maybe…maybe not. We don’t usually call leaders by name. But in some way or another, you probably are. No matter your position, whether you are an intern, project manager, supervisor, executive, or administrative assistant, you can be a leader.

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Keeping The Saw Sharp

One of my favorite quotes comes from Abe Lincoln.  He is cited as saying, “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” Basically, he would spend two-thirds of his time improving the tools that make him effective at his work. Sounds easy, but how can a person remember to spend time sharpening instead of continuing to struggle through life’s daily challenges?

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