Inspirational Infusion

#106 — January 1, 2018

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

— Abraham Lincoln

Greetings, Inspired Travelers!

Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year, ripe with possibility and holding unknown treasures. In order to unwrap those possibilities and benefit from those treasures, leaders must help themselves and those they serve to develop in a way that will inspire greatness. This requires supporting career development beyond job training.

As you begin the year, take a few moments to review your professional development plans and adjust as befits the needs of your company and your team. Here are a few points to consider:

Is your professional development program helping to align career and corporate needs? Education will do this but only if it is strategically planned. Training for a career is very different from training for job performance only.
Are you providing a structured approach to learning that includes competency models, detailed expectations and a leadership that is engaged with the learning process itself?
Is your program flexible enough to develop both depth and breadth while meeting the needs of your employees? Can you flex when necessary? Can they?
Are the learning opportunities corporately holistic? That means that the learning can take place anytime, anywhere and with any assignment that would benefit both the work at hand and the desired career path.
Are the learning programs and experiences approached with a sense of urgency? How long does it take an employee to ramp up and be ready to move ahead? The days of three year learning programs are over.

Managing a career is now expected of individuals, and organizational leadership must be a responsible partner in the process. So, as you read this first letter of the year, stop and consider: are you that partner? I hope so! If you are, there are sure to be great treasures in the coming year and 2018 will be the year of unfolding opportunities for inspiration and success!

Be Magnificent! Have an Inspirational New Year!

Deborah



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