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Personal Development Plan

Why do we need a personal development plan?

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn

In our busy worlds, we rarely take the time to reflect on our lives and our careers. Are we happy? Is our career going according to plan? Are we becoming what we want to become? Are we living our dreams? Are we developing the skills, behaviours, influence and capabilities we need to prepare for our dreams? Are we making the right career choices for ourselves?

Or have we stopped dreaming all together?

What is a personal development plan?

A personal development plan is a tool that helps you to:

  • Reflect on your career so far.
  • Understand the context you are working in today.
  • Clarify your aspirations or dreams for the future.
  • Develop specific short and long term development plans to help you to achieve your aspirations.

By doing this, you take charge of your own career. Your own life.

A visual map of your development.

develpment mapIt is often difficult to think about and see our careers and our dreams in a simple way. A way that can help us to make plans for our own development.

That is where a structured set of questions, and a visual tool can be so helpful.

Ken Ideus's powerful visual development mapping tool makes it easy for you to:

  • Get a clear understanding of your own short and long term aspirations.
  • Understand the development implications for those aspirations.
  • Map out specific areas for your own development, consistent with your aspirations
  • Think in terms of rounded development – addressing the four areas in a balanced way as you move along your development path.  

Ken's visual tool provides your with questions, plus an interactive mapping tool to help you to address four distinct areas for your personal development:


The level and breadth of impact and influence you wish to have over a particular context via mastery, expertise, leadership.


What and who you consider important when taking action or making decisions. The more you have responsibility for, the wider your description becomes of what and who is important when you make your decisions and take actions in your role.


The technical, commercial and support functions that are defined by the type of business or organisation you are in (engineering, marketing, sales, supply, legal, HR, etc), as well as the level you are working at.


How you are perceived, what you do, and the personal attributes that you display in doing your work, interacting with others, and responding to what goes on around you.

Mapping My Development  member tool.

development map

This tool provides you with an easy visual way to map your development and develop plans to achieve your aspirations on all 4 of the above levels. It provides:

  • A series of questions that get you thinking about your career in a fresh way.
  • A step by step approach to understanding yourself and your aspirations better.
  • An interactive visual map that you can use over and over again to plot your aspirations, your current levels of development.
  • A simple way to plan your own development.

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