Do you have a plan to achieve your development goals?

My philosophy is “goals that don’t get written down don’t get done”. Development planning is no different.

I recommend when setting goals, use the SMART framework. But even before that, you need to spend some time thinking about exactly what you want. Sit down in a quiet space and envision what you want.

You don’t have to know all the details. No need to figure out exactly “how” you are going to make it happen today. For now, you only have to decide what you want.

In this situation, think about your career development. What do you want your next Entrepreneur collaboration to be? Do you need new skills to land that interview? Or what position do you want to land at that Fortune 500 company?

If you know what you want, now is the time to proceed in setting goals.

The words in the SMART framework can vary depending on the version you use but I like these for goal setting. Write down your goal and then ensure that it meets the below criteria.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timed

So now you should have your goal. And because you used the SMART framework, you ensured that it’s pretty detailed. I find when helping folks with career development, once we have a specific goal, a development template can be useful.

Here are some of the key items to track in your template.

Development Planning 

-Areas of Focus or Areas of Development

-Development Activities-classroom training, one on one training or OJT

-Actions to Take



You can find my development plan example and template here.

Development Plan Example and Template

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