Phase 3 - Review the Project YOU Development Plan
When you have finished creating your draft Project YOU Development Plan, leave it alone for about 1 week and then review it.
During the week you will have been unconsciously mulling it over, and testing to see if it is right for you. After the “rest” period, take some time to look at the plan and make any changes. Was the draft plan too ambitious, not hard enough, too focused on one thing, too vague?
You can keep the plan private and do the review yourself, but you may find you benefit from sharing it with someone else. In large companies or organizations, the development plan is normally discussed with a direct supervisor or leader.
People who find it hard to be objective about themselves or need external motivation may find it a benefit to enlist a person to support them. Maybe you lack some skills and know someone who wouldn’t mind giving you the
benefit of their experience? The great thing about using the Project YOU process is that you can make this decision for yourself and your choice is not influenced by work politics.
How to choose a mentor
Here are some guidelines on how to choose an appropriate helper;
- They are already good at what you are trying to develop – a potential “role model”.
- You trust them.
- They are a good coach and can give you constructive feedback.
They have the time!
Phase 4 - Implement the Development Plan
OK! You have planned the work, now work the plan! OK, in non-management speak, you have invested a good amount of time and effort in planning your development. You may be wondering about the value of this whole process, when you have completed three phases and haven’t started doing anything yet. Be assured that all well-managed projects work in this way, and personal development is no exception.
Next, Checking progressTop Tip - Do a mini-review each time you do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Think about 2 things you did well, and one thing you could do better next time. The “thing you could do better” will be your primary focus for improvement the next time you do it.