What is an Individual Development Plan?
What is an individual development plan? It is a document created by you, then discussed with your immediate supervisor/manager throughout the year.
The ideal plan leverages your strengths/talents to provide new skills/knowledge that will help you perform better. Focus on weak areas if they will keep you from being successful in achieving your goals.
A good Development Plan can help in the following ways:
Increase and/or expand skills and knowledge.
Keep skills current.
Reach your potential.
Support the achievement of career goals.
Address gaps in knowledge or skills needed in the job.
Develop holistically through on-the-job development, self learning, and training.
Provides alignment and support going forward with your supervisor/manager.
For more on Individual Development Plans, check out my next blog on Key questions to ask yourself as you decide what to focus on in your Development Plan.