Personal Development

In a perfect world, the organisation you work for should be world class at developing people.  The world is not perfect.  Notwithstanding this, the lead stakeholder in your development plan is you – not your company.  No matter how good the development environment around you – if you do not take personal ownership of your development, then whatever future opportunities appear or fail to appear – then that is down to you!

There are a number of high level attributes which are always good for development attention – no matter where you are in your career lifecycle.  These include:

  • Subject matter content – your technical capability – are you contemporary?
  • Understanding of the environment you operate in – both internal and external – have you joined the dots – do you have the context for the strategy and future direction.
  • Interpersonal skills – how can you grow to have greater influence and a more positive impact on a broader and more demanding community.
  • Hands on, get your fingernails dirty, practical experience in a broad range of activities

Building both broad and deep capability is the objective and it doesn’t happen by accident.

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