Career in Self Managed Development : : Self Managed Development – Advice on Getting Feedback

Our vision of India in 2020 is of a nation bustling with energy, entrepreneurship and innovation. The country’s people will be better fed, dressed and housed, healthier, more educated and longer living than any generation in the country’s long history. India will be much more integrated with the global economy and will be a major player in terms of trade, technology and investment. Rising levels of education, employment and incomes will help stabilize India’s internal security and social environment.

A united and prosperous India will be far less vulnerable to external security threats. A more prosperous India in 2020 will be characterizes by a better – educated electorate and more transparent, accountable, efficient and decentralized government. Realisation of this vision will depend on many things, but most importantly on our self – confidence, self – reliance and determination to make it a reality.

We need to rediscover the our own native strength, the rich endowments of our shared cultured and spiritual tradition, in short, reawaken the dormant Spirit of India.

The Nexus between Education and Employment :

A reciprocal relationship exists between education and employment – between educational planning and manpower planning. There ought to be a match between the knowledge and skills required by the different employment sectors; and the structure, content and Teaching – Learning processes provided by the education sectors.

Any mismatch results in under – or – unemployment, and frustrations and social unrest. It is necessary to provide feedback loops, and bridge the gap between education and employment through occupational training.

Emerging Trends at the Workplace

The future of employment

Charles Handy, in his book, “The Age of Unreason” made the following Predictions :

“Less than half the workforce in the industrial world will be holding conventional full – time jobs in organizations by the beginning of the 21st century. Those full – timers or insiders will be the new minority”.

  • Every year more and more people will be self – employed.
  • Many will work temporary or part – time; sometimes because that is the way they want it, sometimes because that is all that is available.

Mary O’ Hara – Devereaux and Robert Johansen refer to the following characteristics of the workplace scenario of the present and of the future, in their book “Global Work : Bridging Distance, Culture and Time”.

  • Going, if not yet gone, are the 9 – 5 workdays, lifetime jobs, predictable, hierarchical relationships, corporate culture, security blankets, and for a large and growing sector of the workforce, the workplace itself.
  • Constant training, retraining, and job – hopping will become the norm.

Defining Self – Managed Development :

Self – managed development is the process whereby you take responsibility for, and control of, your own development.

As long as the 16th Century, Galileo said : “You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it in himself.”

You & Your Future :

You may be asking yourself : ‘Why self – managed development when there are so many other things in my life?’ :

  • Are you really happy with what you have achieved in life and work so far? Could you be doing more?
  • Do you want to do more?
  • Are there things in life that you have always wanted to do but never quite got round to?
  • Are there opportunities you haven’t taken?

Now is the time to start doing something about it. Self – managed development is all about you taking responsibility for your future!

Career Changes :

Changes to organizational life lead to changes in the way people manage their Careers :

Action Planning :

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than other one thing.” – Abraham Lincohn.

How an Action Plan Helps :

The real challenge to the self – developer is to make the transition from analysis and reflection to action. A good self – development action plan will help you to focus on :

  • What you want to achieve?
  • How you will achieve it?
  • Who could help you in the process?
  • Any barriers or constraints you might encounter?
  • When you want to achieve it?


Types of Goals :

This relatively simple action planning technique can be applied to any type of goal :

  • Personal
  • Career
  • Work

The important thing to remember about action planning and, in particular, about achieving your self – development goals, is that you must have goal clarity and the motivation to achieve the goal.

Plan Components :

In order to give yourself the best possible chance to succeed, in whatever goals you choose, it is best to divide – up the overall goal into manageable chunks. Each action plan should consist of :

  • An overall goal.
  • A set of actions which are clear, measurable and outcome focused.
  • A timescale to help measure progress.
  • Details of others involved.
  • How you will measure success.

Goal Achievement :

Taking Action – You miss 100% of the shots you never take – Wayne Gretsky.

Accept Your Mistakes :

You cannot tackle your goals without errors, foul – ups and some fumbling along the way. No matter how clear your vision is, how detailed your plan, when you take action there will still be mistakes and oversights.

It is important to have the right strategy and be willing to live with some mistakes. Your biggest mistake would be to wait until you believe you can take action free of any problems.

Reflection :

How to Visualise?

Visualisation is a creative process involving you in dreaming about the future and what you want. The following guidelines will help you in the process :

  • Work in a comfortable, quite and private environment.
  • Make sure that you have a block of time ( about an hour at least ) and that you won’t be interrupted.
  • Perhaps, play some quiet music that you enjoy and find easy to listen to.
  • Sit back, relax and let your mind wander about your life / job / future.
  • Remember to focus on the detail as well as the big picture.
  • Perhaps, focus on one of the following areas :
    • What would my dream job be?
    • Where would I like to be in 1.5.10 years time?
    • What things would I like to achieve during my lifetime?

Ask Others for their Views

Summarizing your self – perceptions of where you are now is, however, only one part of the process. It is also important to check what others (eg : work colleagues, family and friends) think about you, in order to get a full picture of where you are now.

But before asking others for feedback, think about and note down how you expect they will answer these questions :

What adjectives best describe me?
What are my greatest strengths / weakness?

You will now be able to compare their actual answers with your own self – perceptions. Are there similarities or significant differences? What key messages are emerging from this?

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