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Got a Goal? Create a Personal Development Plan!

Has your boss asked you to create a personal development plan?

Or do you simply want to focus on your own objectives with a solid framework?

This presentation should provide you with a good overview of what such a plan actually consists of and how to create one yourself, whatever your goal is.

What actually is a Personal Development Plan? What does it consist of?
Who needs one?
Why do you need one?
When is the right timing to create one?
How to write a Personal Development Plan for any goal.

If you have any questions, shoot me a message!

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Got a Goal? Create a Personal Development Plan!

  1. 1. GOT A GOAL?CREATE A PERSONALDEVELOPMENT PLANJantje BartelsSmart Self Development Plan1
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTSWhat is it? Who needsone?Why do youneed one?When tocreate?How tocreate?2
  4. 4. DEFINITIONS“Personal development planning is the process ofcreating an action plan based on awareness, values,reflection, goal-setting and planning for personaldevelopment within the context of a career,education, relationship or for self-improvement.”- James Smith, Author of ‘Personal DevelopmentPlanning’ (2011).4
  5. 5. DEFINITIONSMy somewhat simpler definition:“A personal development plan is an action plan thatgets you from where you are right now to where youwant to be in future. This can incorporate learninghard skills as well as soft skills.”5
  6. 6. SIMILAR NAMES,SAME STORYA Personal Development Plan can also be called:Individual Development Plan (IDP)Personal Enterprise Plan (PEP)Self Development Plan (SDP)6
  7. 7. COMPONENTS (1/2)1. Goals2. Action outline: What will I do to achieve those goals?3. Success Criteria: How will you know when you havesucceeded?5. Goal priority/Weighting7
  8. 8. COMPONENTS (2/2)5. Timeline (or Deadline)6. Goal category: especially useful, if there is a mixbetween personal and business related goals7. Achievement Status8. Signature8
  10. 10. WHO NEEDS ONE?10
  11. 11. WHO NEEDS ONE?Anyone who looks for a framework which guidesthem to achieve their goals.Anyone who is interested to develop themselvessystematically.Anyone really. It depends how willing you are toinvest in yourself.11
  12. 12. WHY DO YOUNEED ONE?12
  13. 13. SIMPLE ANSWER“People often say that motivation does not last. Well,neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend itdaily.”– Zig Ziglar13
  14. 14. 5 ARGUMENTS1. To create written personal goals helps to focus.2. It provides clarity for the coming year, month, weeksand days.3. You participated at a training course and now youwant to implement what you have learned.4. Your boss asked you to create one.5. You want to become a book author (for example), butdo not know where to start.14
  15. 15. WHEN TO CREATE?15
  16. 16. WHEN TO CREATE?If it is business related, this will likely depend uponthe company’s processes:Is this plan related to your annual objectives?Has it been triggered during a training?Or during a 360° Feedback process?If non-business related, beginning of the year is greator topic-related anytime throughout the year.16
  17. 17. HOW TO CREATE ONE?17
  18. 18. STEP-BY-STEP (1/4)1. Create a template on a spreadsheet (see slide 9), ifthere are no suitable templates available in yourcompany.2. Goal: Think of one objective that you would like toachieve this year. This can be, for example, related toa recent training.3. Action outline: If you like to combine a goal with akey activity, I recommend the following formula: “Icommit to [Verb] + [Precise Goal] + [Frequency PerWeek] + [Optional: duration] + [Purpose] = Action.”18
  19. 19. STEP-BY-STEP (2/4)4. How to come up with good Action ideas:• Refer to your company’s training catalog.• Ask people close to you what their favorite course was onyour topic.• Use Amazon to search for specific keywords to get more ideas.• Look at some Educational Media on your topic out there(Blogs, Podcasts, Online courses via Coursera etc...).19
  20. 20. STEP-BY-STEP (3/4)5. Success Criteria: Think of a mix of quantitative andqualitative criteria to measure your progress.6. Weighting: How important is this goal incomparisons to others? Note it down.7. Timeline: Until when do you want to achieve thisgoal? Before the end of the year? Before your nextholiday?20
  21. 21. STEP-BY-STEP (4/4)8. Use the Status column to regularly update youroverall progress level.9. Sign the personal development plan, even if it is justfor your personal use.10. Include a symbol to visualize your objectives. Makea drawing on a separate page of something that youlink with your desired outcome.11. Print out a copy for your desk to see it regularly.21
  23. 23. DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONSOR COMMENTS?23Contact me via Twitter: @JantjeBartels or atthe Smart Self Development Plan.