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Personal Development Plan exercise


I'm to deliver a presentation to a group of middle managers discussing why it's so important for them to take an active interest in the devevelopment of their staff. I'm trying to come up with a lively interactive exercise that shows the value in having and maintaining a Personal Development Plan.

Any ideas?

Regards, Stuart

One Response

  1. turn the tables….

    Hi Stuart

    Get them to write answers to the following questions;

    Ask them where they want to be in, say, two years time…..What skills will they be using? What responsibilities will they have? How will they have convinced their boss to promote them to this level?  How will they have learned new information and developed their abilities?  Will it be on training courses, by self managed learning, secondments, coaching or what.

    Ask them to consider how they will "sell" this to their boss….what is in it for the boss; the ability to ease back and take a break now and then? Improved team performance/individual performance? The undying gratitude of the delegate!

    Tell them they have just written a Personal Development Plan for themselves….do they think that their staff will want one of these?


    Each of your delegates is a middle manager…each has a team who he or she should be developing……but each is also a staff member and has a boss who should be managing them!


    I hope this helps


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