A personal development strategy begins with a simple premise: your development is your responsibility.

At heart we probably know this to be the case, yet how often do we sit back waiting for that development to be put on a plate for us. For a lucky few things might fall into place easily, but for most of us that will not be the case.

So why not decide that you’re going to make your own development a priority, rather than leaving things to be by chance

Here we suggest 15 tips to help you think about your own personal development strategy. In doing so we propose that you think more widely about how you will like to develop. Don’t limit your thoughts  to just the work you’re doing currently

For a happy manager, development is much wider than job specific training, it should be about your life and your career

Here are 15 tips to help you develop your own personal development strategy:
1.Make your own development your number 1 priority and aim
2.Spend more time developing as a person than developing as a generic individual
3.Imagine you had to make the case to yourself regarding the development you aim for.What would it take you to invest in yourself
4.Give yourself a self-appraisal.
5.Choose how you want to develop, rather than conform to whatever an organization might tell you to do. In some cases they may vary or be the same – but the difference is that you choose to do it!
6.Spend much more time on getting better at what you’re good at, than struggling to improve your weaknesses.
7.Identify some specific strengths and abilities you have and commit to getting even better at them.
8.What do you aspire to do/be?
9.Make the “ordinary” part of your development – what happens in your normal day’s activities that can help you to develop?
10.Choose something you love doing, then try to do it to the best of your ability.
11.Take absolute pride in something that you do
12.start up an ordinary project and do something extra ordinary in it – try to make an actual impact
13.Vary your learning appettite. Experience bite-size learning, the small learning snacks just when you need them.
14.Cultivate a healthy discomfort with how things are. If you are to improve you need to have some dissatisfaction with your current abilities. Be careful because your motive here is to upgrade and not be frustrated
15.Learn more about what you really enjoy doing.

16.Ask yourself some useful questions and obtain useful answers to them

17.Do not make yourself your role model except you are satisfied with who you are

Perhaps a good place to end this article is with what could be described as St Augustine’s personal development strategy:

“If you would attain to what you want to become, you must always be displeased by what you are.

For where you are pleased with yourself there you are satisfied and remained

Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.”


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