Sunday, April 15, 2012

EIDT 6501 Training & Development: My Personal Development Plan (Week 7)

Greetings All,
We’re nearing the end of yet another semester, one week left!

This week we have a 2-part assignment...

Part 1
Write our own personal development plan specifically designed for us, and post it to our blog.
Personal development is an area we all could benefit from, and not just when it’s work related. Personal development is an area that I have recently begun to delve into love the idea of improving myself in all areas of life.

When creating any development plan you need to have a goal in mind-or a reason to develop. I’m okay at what I do (I don’t want to brag and/or seem arrogant J), I enjoy my job, and have no immediate aspirations to move quite yet; but I would like to get better and begin to prepare myself for a new role in the future.

Another key component in creating a development plan is to identify what you want to learn or how you want to improve. Here are the four areas in which I would like to learn/improve: continuing professional learning, and assessment.

Continuing Professional Learning (PM certification)
One of the areas that I would like to continue to pursue is continuing my education.  I have been on this path for a couple of years already in pursuing a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology; but I don’t want my journey to end there.  I am very much interested in pursuing my PM certification with my company providing tuition reimbursement to assist with the test fees. The company could also supply materials (i.e. the PM Study book), as well as a website for self-study.  This certification would be of benefit to my company, as it would assist me in leading projects, and potentially transitioning to another position within the organization.

Continuing Professional Learning (CS5, Captivate, Articulate & e-Learning)
Another area that I would like to pursue is furthering my knowledge in is e-Learning. E-Learning has quickly become a primary training method and to remain competitive it is essential that a training team have an effective eLearning team. I feel it would be beneficial to both the company and myself, if I developed further in this area. The company could support my efforts with tuition reimbursement, reference books,

Assessment “involves collecting information and providing feedback to employees about their behavior, communication style, values, or skills” (Noe, 2010, p. 355). Assessment can be used to identify employees with potential to move to higher-level positions as well identifying team members’ strengths, weaknesses, “as well as the decision processes or communication styles that inhibit the teams’ productivity” (Noe, 2010, p. 355). This is a necessary development tool for any employee seeking to get along with current co-workers or possible manger candidates. I feel it is an essential skill to understand how others communicate and get along. The company could conduct a Myers-Briggs or DISC assessment, which would assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and communications styles. This would not only benefit the current team, but also those interested in developing further in this area.

McCarthy, D. (2008, November 24). Great Leadership: How to Write a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP). Great Leadership. Retrieved April 15, 2012, from

Noe, R. A. (2010). Employee training and development (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Part 2
Develop a 5- to 7-slide PowerPoint presentation to your boss or to the head of human resources at your organization. Make a definitive case for a company-wide employee development plan. Be sure to make at least FIVE strong points about why employee development will be beneficial to the organization. Also include at least THREE types of employee development initiatives you are suggesting that the organization adopt. 


  1. Audrea,
    Personal Development Plan
    You made a very good point at the beginning that a personal development plan should not just be work related. I would agree that in order to remain competitive it is essential that a training team have an effective eLearning designer. I would have liked to have heard more on the type of eLearning training you would take.
    What type of employee development would you tie the Myers-Briggs or DISC assessments that your company would administer? I would have liked more specifics on each of the selected development strategies.

    Employee Development Plan
    Slides were very well designed. You selected 5 very good reasons for creating an employee development program. I specifically liked the idea of talent acquisition and management. You suggested using a personality/behavior test such as Myers-Briggs to assist in "reflected best self" I appreciated the reference to "Positive Organizational Scholarship"; but I needed more detail on how you would utilize this information. Are you attempting to create a positive work climate? Would the results of the test be coordinated with the placement of mentors and coaches?

  2. Since training development is usually for the rank and file employees, would it be possible that the supervisors need a similar thing like that as well?

  3. Thanks for your updates .I really appreciate your work to this site.I hope you can continue this kind of good work in future also..

    John Di Lemme