Tips for effective development

• Focus on making the most of your strengths. Address weak areas if they are required in your current job or will be required in future jobs.
• Narrow development goals to specific behaviors when possible. For example, “improve listening” becomes “before I speak, paraphrase what I understood the other person to say.”
• If you are making a behavior change, it is important to be clear about the payoff for you.
• For behavioral goals, work on some aspect of it each day until it becomes a habit, which can be three to six weeks.
• Ask those around you for feedback to see if you are doing well. Despite how we may think we are perceived, our intentions are not always evident to others, and it’s easy to justify our own actions.