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close this bookManagement Self-Development - A Guide for Managers, Organisations and Institutions (ILO, 1985, 282 p.)
close this folderChapter 2. Self-assessment and planning one's own future
View the document(introduction...)
View the document2.1 The self-assessment process
View the document2.2 Our higher and lower selves
View the document2.3 Obtaining information about yourself and your performance
View the document2.4 Clarifying the questions and issues facing you
View the document2.5 A self-development plan
View the document2.6 Suggestions for further reading

2.5 A self-development plan

Particularly with these broader issues, it is recommended that you draw up an actual self-development plan. An extensive development programme involves a whole host of factors (e.g. time, other people, finance, other resources), and it is useful to identify these so as to get a picture of all the implications.

Of course, self-development cannot always be expected to follow a neat path. None the less, we suggest that you prepare a plan which includes:

- overall goal of your programme;
- sub-goals;
- dates by which you hope to achieve these;
- other people involved, and the nature of their involvement;
- other resources necessary.

You should also discuss the plan with those involved - in particular with your employer, and, perhaps, with your spouse and family.

It is important to recognise, too, that it is your plan, and you are responsible. It is no use waiting for someone to come along and make you a "development offer". You have to take the initiative, be pro-active!