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Individual development plans: A trap?

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in Leaders & Managers,Performance Reviews

by Martin Lanik, Ph.D.

Many organizations around the world use development plans to document their employees' development goals by itemizing the skills they need to improve and the learning activities they should undertake. In theory this is an honorable effort, but in practice, at most organizations development plans have become just another bureaucratic exercise that consumes time and effort without producing the desired results. In fact, researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands found that, among 2,271 employees, those who had a development plan in place didn't plan to engage in more learning activities than non-users, nor did they see themselves as having stronger skills than non-users. The only thing the employees with development plans were better at was creating development plans.

There are many reasons why development plans fail. Two in particular are worth highlighting in the context of the Leader Ha...(register to read more)

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