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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


This chapter concentrates on a number of ways of assessing yourself, as a way of deciding in what ways you want to develop.

However, although self-assessment certainly can provide a most useful first step in your self-development, it is not absolutely essential. Each of us develops anyway, as part of our general life process.

So if you do not yet want to carry out any formal self-assessment, you can still go ahead and accelerate your self-development. You can use some of the methods of chapters 3 to 8 (after all, they are still there, whether or not you have assessed yourself); choose some that appeal to you, or at random. Or do a "mini assessment" by looking through the list of probable outcomes of methods (tables 3 and 4) and select one of those.

You can also concentrate on those activities that are particularly useful in helping you learn to develop from everyday experiences. These will then enable you to make the most out of the developmental opportunities that arise from day to day.

On the other hand, if you would like to have a go at systematic self-assessment, then this chapter can certainly help you.