15 September The Single Most Important Element Of Any Professional Development September 15, 2020By ICI Administrator Aspire 0 By Josh Hallam, General Manager ICI Australia You want to learn new skills, grow your capability and position yourself for more responsibility in a higher role. You seek professional development options, of which there is a myriad of options available to you. What is the key element in taking this step? What one single factor is the difference between development that will see you soar as opposed to sink? In any form of professional development, the relevance of the learning is the key factor. Relevance drives the impact of the learning and the actions taken post-learning therefore driving a solid return on investment – both in terms of time and money. Too often we invest in and experience programs, seminars and conferences that don’t provide tangible benefits to our role in the organisation or provide little in terms of industry related context. Too often, learning is generic to a particular field or role lacking specificity to enhance our ability or increase our capability through developing new skills and expertise. We end up with pages of notes that take their place in a draw and are frustrated around the cost, both in financial terms and work hours terms. Organisations like The Institute of Civil Infrastructure are different. We are built for the industry, by the industry, The Institute is not distracted by other interest groups in the engineering world; we are 100% focused on civil and continuing to expand our reach across the civil industry in Australia. As a not for profit entity, we controlled by civil infrastructure industry Members not by bottom line targets or EBITA KPI’s. The Institute’s Board are all Civil Infrastructure Managers, and they make sure our Program supports only what the people of our industry want and need. The content of our courses and conferences are selected by people in the civil industry. It provides civil specific learning resources for civil supervisors, managers and leaders across all of Australia and we are proud to partner with Civil Contractors Federation state branches to achieve our mission. If you are investing your time, your money and your effort to grow and develop, ensure you do it with a reputable institution that provides relevant learning to you, your role and your industry. If your employer is putting you on generic training programs because “that’s what we have always done”, show them the light. They, like you, simply don’t have the time to waste. Related Posts Effective Professional Development For Millenials Successful professional development plans are specific to individual employees as opposed to a generic, organisation wide approach. While a single, generic approach may be simpler to execute, it is certainly not as effective, particularly when you are talking about our Millennials now aged between 24 and 39 years old. Continuing Professional Development Why chose continuing professional development to enhance your career journey? More now than ever, you need an edge over the competition to not only secure a new position but to provide proof to your employer why you deserve that pay rise or the current career advancement/promotion. Professional Development for New Managers Aspire caught up with Colin Emerson, a leading trainer in the industry to talk about the importance of upskilling new managers early in their management career and why any professional development should be short, sharp and implementable the next day. Achieving More Than Multitasking - The Single Focus Approach When life gets busy, we try and focus on various tasks at one time thinking we are being more productive, more effective and more efficient. This multitasking approach is actually hurting our performance (and our well-being) but thankfully there is another way. If you could do just one thing today, what would it be? In his book ‘Essentialism’ Greg McKeown tells the story of how, just a couple of hundred years ago, the word ‘priority’ meant the single most important thing. Then we messed with it and invented a word called ‘priorities’ which as we now know means lots of most important things. If you could do just one thing today, what would it be? The Dark Art of Management Few consider the incredibly challenging aspects of management as they step into a promotion. One of these is the responsibility of “downsizing”. No matter how you slice and dice it, downsizing a team is a difficult task. Comment (0) Comments are closed.