Personal Development Plan Template

Simple Easy To Follow Personal Development Plan Template

Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous. ~Mark Caine

Hello, everyone, my name is Lindsay Cooper and this is my presentation on my simple and easy to follow personal development plan template. The two developmental areas that I chose to speak on today are emotional intelligence and flexibility.

I think that emotional intelligence is probably the most important developmental area that I studied this semester. I think that emotional intelligence is honestly the key to personal and professional success. Use emotional intelligence to manage stress and that's essential to your mental health and just identifying the stressors that you have in your life and keeping those to a minimum.

Social skills are very important to help create a social network. A personal social network of friends and family that are there to support you and a professional support network that you can use to advance in your career. Understanding what motivates others in the workplace really makes an effective leader. Understanding how people's minds work and what helps them to do better at their job is so incredibly important.

Also, I chose to speak about flexibility. This is incredibly important to me. I know that I have issues adapting to change quickly and effectively. Often if I make a plan and I lay out how I want things to go and then something doesn't go as planned I react negatively. I know that about myself and I know that I need to work on it.

This is my plan to do so. Also trusting others to make decisions when those decisions affect me. It's an issue in my life personally and professionally.

So, this is my plan to work on it. Here we go.

Emotional Intelligence

As far as emotional intelligence here are the things that I will do. I will keep a journal of my responses to stressful situations. I plan on doing this for one full week, seven days. August 15th through the 22nd and at the end of this I will have a completed journal. At the end of the week with at least one entry per day.

I would like to have more than one but at least one for consistency. I will also attend a company organized fundraiser and I'm going to use this as a networking event. This is planned for Thursday, August 11th from 6 to 9 p.m. and the items that I will have to prove that I completed the tasks are the business cards and contact information of the people with whom I successfully networked. I also plan on adding them to the messenger that we have at work called link Microsoft Lync so I can contact these people as I need to.

I work in the banking industry so if I need a quick bit of information I could contact that person directly so I can already see it working. I will also read Emotional Intelligence at Work: A Professional Guide. This book was suggested to me at the end of the emotional intelligence assessment that I took online for this class. I plan on purchasing this book by August 15 and finishing it by August 29. To prove that I have completed this task I will have finished on time and I will have outlined the author's main points in my notes.


On to flexibility. These are the things that I am going to do. I will say yes to social invitations work schedule allowing. I will say yes to social invitations for two weeks August 8 through August 21.

These social events that I RSVP to may fall out of this date range from August 8 to August 21 but I will say yes to all social invitations from the dates of August 8 to August 21. I will prove that I can have completed this task is I will keep a schedule of all events RSP'd and attended.

Just to get some extra points I plan on having a picture record of myself and the host. This isn't necessarily like a party or like a barbecue or a networking event even more casual events like going to the movies or going taking the dog for a walk. Any social invitation just things to get out of the house. Also, I plan on listening to the podcast Twelve Simple Steps For Adapting to Change.

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I plan on listening to that Monday, August 9 at 9:00 a.m. before work. To prove that I have completed that task I will outline those 12 steps in my notebook.

The last thing I plan on doing to develop my personal flexibility is to take a back seat on a team project where I normally lead. This project is a specific monthly project that we will be completing this month from August 15 through the 19th. This is due to my manager on Friday the 19th. To prove that I have completed this task it will be turned into the manager and it will be completed satisfactorily by his standards.

In theory it I know it's simple to let my co-workers make the decisions about this particular task but in practice, I know it will be difficult but I know, that they can do it. So I am going to press myself to do so.

This is my personal development plan template. Thank you for taking the time to listen. It was a great semester I'm glad that we all had the chance to discuss all of our ideas. Have a good night.

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Lindsey Jarrell

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