Individual Development Plan

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INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Name: ________________________________

Manager: _________________________

Position: ______________________________

Date: ____________________________

Date in Current Position: _________________
Section A: Career Plan
Personal Mission Statement

Short-Term Career Goals (1-2 years)

Area of Interest / Position Title

Competencies/Skills/ Knowledge Needed: (areas I need to develop)

Long-Term Career Goals (3-5 years)

Area of Interest / Position Title

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Competencies/Skills/ Knowledge Needed: (areas I need to develop)

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Strength to Leverage – select at least one strength to
continue to build upon
Critical
Developmental
Behaviors/Goals
Activities/Action Steps
What specific behaviors (assignments, coaching, formal
do I need to model or
training)
exhibit in this
Remember SMART
competency or skill?

Individual Development Plan Template.doc
Revised xx/xx/xx

AREA OF FOCUS:
Manager’s Role
(or involvement of others
if applicable)

Target Dates/
Milestones

Results/Outcomes How have I
succeeded in adapting my behavior or
learning new skills? (provide examples)

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Area to Develop – focus on areas to develop that are
critical to your performance; select 1 or 2 areas to work
on at one time
Critical
Developmental
Behaviors/Goals
Activities/Action Steps
What specific
(assignments, coaching, formal
behaviors do I need to
training)
model or exhibit in
Remember SMART
this competency or
skill?

Individual Development Plan Template.doc
Revised xx/xx/xx

AREA OF FOCUS:
Manager’s Role
(or involvement of others
if applicable)

Target Dates/
Milestones

Results/Outcomes How have I
succeeded in adapting my behavior or
learning new skills? (provide examples)

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Area to Develop – focus on areas to develop that are
critical to your performance; select 1 or 2 areas to work
on at one time
Critical
Developmental
Behaviors/Goals
Activities/Action Steps
What specific
(assignments, coaching, formal
behaviors do I need to
training)
model or exhibit in
Remember SMART
this competency or
skill?

Individual Development Plan Template.doc
Revised xx/xx/xx

AREA OF FOCUS:
Manager’s Role
(or involvement of others
if applicable)

Target Dates/
Milestones

Results/Outcomes How have I
succeeded in adapting my behavior or
learning new skills? (provide examples)

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Manager and/or Employee Comments:

Next Development Plan Review Date: _______________________________ (should be every 3-6 months)

Individual Development Plan Template.doc
Revised xx/xx/xx

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
DEVELOPMENT TIPS:


Prioritize. Identify development areas that will add the greatest value and make a difference.



Implement Something Every Day. Chip away in small bite-sized pieces. Spending even five (5) minutes a day will make development a part of your daily discipline.



Seek Feedback and Support. Learn from others. Ensure that feedback is relevant to your development priorities.



Face your Barriers. Development isn’t easy. Address any barriers that may keep you from your development priorities.



Involve Others. Find people who can help you in your development by soliciting ideas and reactions from them and who will provide specific, candid feedback on both your strengths and weaknesses.



When setting development activities, keep in mind the SMART model: S
Specific
M
Measurable
A
Action Oriented
R
Realistic
T
Timebound



Take Time to Reflect. Ask yourself what worked and what didn’t work, and why.



Transfer Learning into Next Steps. Continue to focus on mastering a specific area, and then share this knowledge by teaching it to others. Regroup and focus on new goals and development activities as appropriate...
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