This week is all about personal and professional development. Here are some of the posts you may have missed. See our page on LinkedIn for more.
- Practice – Reflect – Build
We know learning is often at its steepest when we step out of the training room (virtually or otherwise) and try our newly refined skills in our places of work.
How often do we make the time and space to reflect on that learning and further build our skills? There’s almost a perceived expectation that there will be an osmosis of skills – I have learned therefore I am.
I find popping prep and reflect time either side of opportunities that I have to practice and refine my skills helps me to focus on what I want to get out of the session before I go into it and gives me the breathing space afterwards to reflect.
Questions such as ‘what does good look like at the end of the session’ and variations of it (for me, for them, a week from now) help with the prep, always focussing on the outcomes. Questions such as what worked well and how could I be even better help with the reflection. Using this information to then build on my previous efforts is something I always strive to do. Sure, it’s not always successful and the tweaks I make might not make the difference I hope but I take comfort in the fact I’m continually trying, adapting and learning.
2. Practise what you preach!
It’s easy for me to extol the virtues of people development but do I practice what I preach? In short yes.
In the last few years, I have studied for, researched around and attained qualifications in
📜 Leadership & Management (ILM L5)
📜 Human Resources Management (CIPD L5)
📜 Coaching & Mentoring (ILM L5)
📜 Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Level 1
It’s fair to say, I didn’t fully appreciate just how much time and effort goes into the learning and assignment writing and perhaps doing three qualifications in the same year wasn’t the best decision I made but I both enjoyed and benefitted from the entire learning experience each time.
Of course, qualifications aren’t the only route and there’s so much other learning that happens daily, through practice and reflection, content consumption and the fascinating conversations that emerge when we least expect them.
I want to continually develop and refine my skills so that I can be the best I can be for the people I have the pleasure of working with.
3. Getting started
Before you set about any personal development activity, do this one thing.
Whether you love learning and diving into the latest book, publication, podcast or TED talk is your thing, or the words personal development bring you out in a cold sweat in fear of the materials that are about to be bestowed upon you by well meaning colleagues, I guarantee you will get far better results if you do this one thing first.
Get really, REALLY clear, on what it is that you want to get out of the learning you want to do. Work out what it is you want to be able to do/know/understand/be as a result of the learning. Get clear on why the learning is important to you (hint – if it’s not, and you’re doing it for someone else, you’re less likely to succeed). Think about how quickly and to what level you want to learn and who might be able to help you.
And, if that all sounds hard work, try our action plan template on the free stuff page of our website to help you on your way.
Until next week!