Guest post by: Tricia Coffey, Berry Network Manager of Training & Development
If you dread New Year’s Resolutions, you are not alone! Less than half of American adults even make a resolution. In the business world, we make “New Year’s Resolutions” when we are required to write self development goals for our Annual Performance Review Plans. How many of you really put thought into your developmental goals? I’d be willing to bet the resolution stat applies and less than half of you do.
Why don’t we give serious thought to our business “New Year’s Resolutions”? Do we not want to learn more? Do we not care if we grow as individuals? I don’t think that’s it. In all my years of managing and training people, there is one consistent theme…time. In today’s environment of doing more with less, it’s more important than ever to identify self development goals.
I believe that we won’t be able to do more with less without self development! We are constantly challenged to find smarter, more effective ways to do business. It’s not just a matter of doing things faster, but we are being asked to do more things – create more spreadsheets, sell more products to more people or develop new products. However, wouldn’t you be doing that now if you knew how?
I challenge that by investing time to learn a new skill you will become more efficient. “If the untapped potential locked inside employees is unleashed and channeled effectively, it will surely boost the company's performance a great deal,” says Six Sigma. Otherwise…you may end up spinning your wheels. In fact, do you know the definition of insanity? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
What are YOUR thoughts on making time for self development this year?
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