Application of Professional Develop Skills to help organizations realize their strategic decisions
The purpose of this assignment is to ensure that learners have the knowledge and skill of professional managers so as they would play a pivotal role in impacting the realization of the organizations strategic plan.
Your chosen organization has requested you to prepare your development plan, which has high input in its strategic plan. In your endeavour kindly address all the below listed points.
? Your chosen organization has a plan to document skills of its employees, to this effect, kindly use appropriate methods to evaluate personal skills required to achieve strategic goals (A.C 1-1)
? Your chosen organization has requested you to use techniques to assess the professional skills required to support its strategic direction. (A.C 1-2)
? Since you have a leadership role in the organization, you are requested to carry out a skills audit to evaluate the strategic skills needed to meet current and future leadership requirements. (A.C 2-1)
? Apply appropriate techniques to identify your preferred learning style in order to plan your professional development. (A.C 2-2)
? Utilizing the skills audit result construct a personal development plan that meets leadership development requirements. (A.C 3-1)
? Use suitable methods to assess the outcomes of a personal development plan against personal work objectives. (A.C 3-2)
? Evaluate the impact of own learning against the achievement of strategic goals.(A.C 3-3)
? Assessment for this unit needs to be evidenced through a personal development plan that is monitored throughout the programme. It is important that learners evaluate their current skills using a skills audit to identify and inform their preferred learning style. The personal development plan needs to demonstrate learner ability to reflect on their learning and development needs, identify target dates for review, and show how their needs have been met
? For AC 1.1 and 1.2, learners need to use appropriate methods to evaluate personal skills and assess the professional skills needed for effective leadership and management. To meet the strategic goals and direction of the organisation, learners need to link their evaluation to leadership requirements for a specific goal.
? For AC2.1, learners will need to demonstrate they can conduct a skills audit, to evaluate current and future leadership requirements. Learners need to benchmark against suitable criteria such as National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership. This can help inform their preferred learning style for AC2.2.
? For AC 3.1 and 3.2, learners will construct a personal development plan using the information from their skills audit. They can use a standard template or construct their own plan, but it must include SMART objectives and an identification of the resources needed to achieve the objectives, as well as assessing the outcomes against personal work objectives. To be of value, the plan needs to be implemented for at least six months in order for learners to evaluate the impact of their learning against the achievement of strategic goals for AC3.3.
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? The first page of your assignment should be a title page, which should also state your name, Edexcel BTEC ID number and the name of the Centre where you are studying.
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? Check spelling, grammar and punctuation.
? You should also ensure that you proof read your document, because the above checks do not always pick up every mistake.
? Use accurate Harvard referencing and include a bibliography.
? Ensure you are aware of the word limit for the assignment (3000-3500 word limit) and any regulations that apply if you exceed the word limit.
? Include the total word count at the end of the assignment.
Note: All work must be delivered in hard copy and soft copy; all assignments should be properly referenced.
Indicative resource materials
Allen M and Adair J – The Concise Time Management and Personal Development
(Thorogood, 2003) ISBN 1854182234
Gold J, Thorpe R and Mumford A – Leadership and Management Development
(CIPD, 2010) ISBN 1843982447
Megginson D and Whitaker V – Continuing Professional Development (CIPD, 2007) ISBN 1843981661
Owen J – How to Lead, 2nd Edition (Prentice Hall, 2009) ISBN 027372150X
Pedler M, Burgoyne J and Boydell T – A Manager’s Guide to Self Development
(McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006) ISBN 0077114701
Management Today (Haymarket Business Media)
People Management (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Professional Manager (Chartered Management Institute)
Training Journal (www.trainingjournal.com)
www.businesslink.gov.uk Interactive tools for creating a personal
development plan through assessment
of management and leadership skills
www.cipd.co.uk Chartered Institute of Personnel and
www.managementhelp.org Articles on leadership development
planning and self-assessments for
personal and professional development
www.management-standards.org.uk Chartered Management Institute
www.mindtools.com Time-management tools and activity
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