Last month, I shared the first part of my ideas about Customized Individual Development. Today, I’m continuing the conversation.
After phases 1 and 2, analysis and diagnosis, it’s time to develop the individual development plan.
A consultant/coach capable to put information together, benchmark it correctly, draw pertinent conclusions and create a customized plan is of very high importance.
The plan may include customized recommendations on:
- Open executive development programs at top business schools (programs matching the development needs of the leader). While most programs of these schools are good, customized ones are even better. The network opportunities during such a program are a major part of the program’s value.
- Local or international leadership development programs, carefully chosen
- Hiring a coach – a person you trust both personally and professionally
- Identifying a mentor from within your organization or externally
- Working with a “personal board of advisors”
- A list of selected audiobooks, books, articles and studies to read during this period, in the right order, matching your development needs
- Exposing yourself to the right networks, business clubs, masterminds, etc. – exposure that could make a huge difference in benchmarking, self-awareness and self-regulation
- Exposing yourself to other business models, innovation and best practices exchange (@Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, etc.) – There are companies who send their key people on short learning trips to such companies; for those who don’t have these opportunities, the programs of Singularity University are of amazing value;
- Accessing assisted Free online education (i.e. MIT OCW, Ted Talks, Coursera, etc.)
- And last but not least, the most important I believe and a solid base for all the above – a structured plan on following a healthy lifestyle: organize yourself to have time for sports, reading, healthy/er food, meditation, family and friends….
Phase 3 “Improvement” – Coaching, Mentoring and applying some or all of the above recommendations.
Choosing the right coach and mentor with the suitable methodology to address the set objectives is critical.
For a deeper self-awareness and complementary to a business coach and mentor, some may choose a very good psychologist in parallel.
Studies show that people do not actually improve without follow up and as the coaching guru Marshall Goldsmith says – “Becoming a better leader is a process, not an event.”
Once a coach, mentor etc. have been chosen, together with the line manager or just by yourself, a follow-up process should be created on the plan and on assessing your evolution. Regular follow up and discipline are as important as the program itself as otherwise long-lasting habits and behavior changes are unlikely to be created.
I haven’t heard of any top sports player training randomly or only when feeling his/her condition decreased. Or asking the coach to skip playing in times of “other emergencies/priorities” or when he or she was “too busy” with other people’s emergencies.
An efficient coaching program takes at least a year and thus requires commitment from many parties. Of course you can opt for shorter versions, yet lasting habits need a bit more time to change for good as we’ve experienced.
A process like this requires effort, determination, discipline and humbleness; otherwise it won’t work. Another thing: If you don’t like the coach or you don’t trust the coach enough … it will not work either.
And by the way: coaching works for good people who want to become great. Not for people whom their companies want to “repair”.
No matter how big your potential is, without an action plan, without follow up and discipline it will rarely be unlocked.
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