The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
So it’s the new year and it’s a good opportunity to take stock of where you are now and where you want to be in 12 months’ time.
Many people shun new year resolutions because they normally are made without any planning and last for only a short time. But there is something you can resolve to do that will make a real difference to your year and last a lot longer than an ill-thought-out, quick resolution.
The best thing you can do this year is look after your own career prospects.
Why is that? Because you can be totally in control, you get to choose the direction and you get to see the results.
This year, take a good look at the direction your job is taking you. As yourself:
“Have I got to where I hoped to in my career progression? Have I achieved what I have set out to do? What direction can I plan for 2011 to take me?”
This could imply long-term planning, and that’s sometimes better than planning to lose weight or give something up. It requires you to take stock of where you are now, where you want to go and what the rewards will be for it.
There is a saying that goes; “In one, three or five years, you will end up somewhere. The question is, is it where you want to be?”
You can control the direction you end up going. It’s your career, your future. Now is a good time to make those plans for your own personal development and ensure they end up going in the direction you want. Plan immediately for how you’re going to make this year a successful one for you and your team.
From myself and my team at MTD; A very happy, prosperous, safe and successful 2011.
By now you may have found a personal mentor but have you found the time to sit down with him, or even just yourself, to seriously discuss your own personal development plan?
You’re going to spend a ton of time helping your team mates and employees formulate personal development plans to enhance their own careers, and you shouldn’t let your own fall through the cracks. Here are a few things you need to consider when brainstorming your plan:
What are your ultimate goals? Where do you want your career path to take you?
How will you achieve your goals? Do you need to obtain additional training or start working on new projects in order to reach those goals?
How will you evaluate your progress? Will your own manager or mentor monitor you and hold you accountable for your level of success?
Remember, setting goals for the development of your management skills and career is a personal task. Take the project seriously. Come up with your own ideas as opposed to using a generic list of “goals” you’ve found on the internet or on another training website.
Your own supervisors, peers, and even your subordinates may have valuable suggestions for you to use in developing your personal development plan. Make sure you ask for their help or, better yet, make creating a personal development plan into a group project so that you can all help each other at the same time!