In our data-driven world, organizations must rapidly change to keep up with the hyper-dynamic



Performance expectations keep rising, making personal and professional development a real priority.


Although your manager and your organization can help guide you, and provide important input and resources,

the onus for developing yourself falls squarely on your shoulders.


Knowledge is power.


Actually, only applied knowledge is power. The rest is theory. Here are some practical tips:

- Seek out formal training and education programmes around the particular skills that you need to

  learn or improve.

- Build 360 degree working relationships to increase your opportunities. Ask for accurate and candid

  feed-back from your colleagues.

- Work closely with talented people and ask good questions. Sharpen your listening skills.

- Read industry magazines and periodicals to keep up to date with trends and best practices

  that are relevant to your job.

- Conduct a needs-assessment of yourself to determine your level of proficiency in the skills that are

  most important for your success.

- Create a development and improvement plan with accountability measures.

- Have a mentor to help you make good decisions, plan more effectively, and develop the knowledge and

  talents you need to get ahead. And be prepared to mentor someone yourself.

- While learning can be challenging and sometimes painful, you should take your professional development

  seriously and make it a habit to engage in lifelong learning.


Source: Critical Business Skills, Clinton O. Longenecker