How to Create Your Own Development Plan

How to Create Your Own Development Plan

The majority of leaders that I talk to (and work with) want to grow and develop. They want to become a great manager and desire to maximize their potential.

The only issue is that for many of these aspiring leaders, they are not sure where to begin. Creating a development plan or growth track seems daunting. 

Thankfully, it’s actually not as difficult as you might think. 

When I work with leaders and coaching clients, here are the steps I go through to help them create a customized development plan:

    1. Determine the destination. What strength do you want to refine or what weakness do you want to get to par or average? What is one thing you want to be true about yourself at the end of this year? These questions will help you come up with the end goal or desired destination for your development plan. There are also many assessment tools you can take to help you identify your strengths. I highly recommend Gallup’s Cliftonstrengths. 
    2. Create the course. What knowledge and/or skills will help you develop that strength, weakness, or make that identity statement come true? (This could include books to read, podcasts to listen to, courses to take, videos to watch, or experts to interview.)
    3. Prepare the path. Organize those knowledge and skill areas by creating milestones – when you want to accomplish each one. Carve out time in your schedule to work on your development plan each week. Remember, “what gets scheduled, gets done.”
    4. Refine the rumble strips. This means you need to create accountability mechanisms. Things that will remind you when you are getting off track. The two that I highly recommend are (1) an accountability partner: someone you share your goals with and who can encourage and challenge you as needed; and (2) the weekly review: an opportunity at the end of the week where you pause to review your previous week and then make any necessary changes to your plan as you move into the next week.

After you have created your development plan, let me leave you with one word of caution. Development plans are simple, but not easy. What makes a development plan powerful is your consistency each week.

 

Game Plan

 

  • Follow the steps above and create your development plan.
  • Share your plan with a trusted friend who will help hold you accountable.
  • Celebrate your successes weekly, monthly, and quarterly.

 

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The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #8

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #8

Today, I’m wrapping up our series on The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders by discussing Habit #8. In this video, I share a leadership lesson from the band Van Halen and their infamous brown M&Ms controversy.

Looking for previous episodes? Check out the Resources section below for quick links to each episode.

 

Game Plan

What are your “brown M&Ms”? This week, take time to come up with 1-2 “brown M&Ms,” so to speak, for you — both personally and professionally. Then, share them with someone close to you. Better yet, tell us about them on social media! We’d love to hear how you’re putting this into practice.

 

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Resources

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Intro

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #1

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #2

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #4

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #5

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #6

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #7

 

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #7

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #7

We are currently in a series on The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders.

Today, in our series I’m discussing Habit #7. In this video, I share what a rapper and 19th century British political rivals can teach us about influence and effectively leading others.

Looking for previous episodes? Check out the Resources section below.

 

Game Plan

Make others feel important! Here are some ideas of how to do just that:

  • Have a “there you are” attitude 
  • Use their name
  • Ask questions – be genuinely interested in them
  • Listen
  • Encourage

 

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Resources

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Intro

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #1

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #2

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #4

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #5

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #6

 

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #6

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #6

Today, in our series on The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders, I’m discussing Habit #6. In this video, I share what the DNA of happiness is and how a thermostat can help us obtain it. Need to get caught up? Check out the Resources section below.

 

Game Plan 

Today’s Game Plan? Here you go: Create an abundance mindset. How? Here are some ideas:

  • Practice gratitude
  • Journaling 
  • Positive self-talk

Remember: Be a thermostat not a thermometer.

 

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Resources

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Intro

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #1

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #2

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #4

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #5

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #4

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #4

We are currently in a series on The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders.

Today, in our series I’m discussing Habit #4 — and how it can help you produce a greater sense of well-being, increase your productivity, and decrease your stress and anxiety levels.

 

Game Plan

What are your Commitment Starters? Take some time and determine what those are for you. Then, put them into practice and observe the difference they make in your life. 

 

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The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

We are currently in a series on The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders.
 
Today, I’m discussing Habit #3 — and what Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and other successful leaders all have in common.
 

 

Game Plan

Today’s game plan is The 5 Hour Rule. This week, read for one hour, five days a week. Five hours of reading. Think that sounds like a lot? How about these stats:

  • 80 non-sleeping hours in a work week
  • 6% of your time would be reading

Give it a try! What will you read this week? Share with me on social media.

 

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