A session of positive thinking and planning, from a group exercise and a one-to-one co-coaching session, aimed at drawing up an action plan for achieving some of my professional aims. This was part of the Deputy Director Leadership Programme held in London on 28 January 2020.
What I learned:
In the exercise, imagined ourselves looking back to now from a vantage point of success, two years in the future.
Wish – what I hope for in the future Outcome – the benefits I will see if I achieve this Obstacles – the obstacles in me I need to overcome to succeed Plan – what I will do to overcome these obstacles.
For me, these were:
Wish: * Leading a team ideally at SCS * Working in the technology, innovation or digital field * Doing something with impact, profile and influence.
Outcome: * Feel happier, making a stronger contribution, using my skills, having a positive impact * Achieving my social motivation of impact and influence
Obstacles: * Lack of the right role * Lack of the right networks and contacts * Lack of career examples / behaviours
Plan: * See below.
What I will aim to differently as a result
Generate examples tactically from the SCS behaviours, then do things that model those behaviours. The material is all publicly available!
Gain experience on how to join together a multidisciplinary team, and providing the enabling framework for teams to deliver
Be able to give examples where you mobilised people to work collaboratively
Learn to feel achievement from enabling others to do stuff (not doing it myself)
Understand the wider issues around AI e.g. cognitive biases; How do we engage people e.g. visualisation
Understand the benefits of the different factories, platforms etc.
Engage with the AI community; get on the GDS data science group; Go to events that help me move towards that skill set
Finally – Refresh my development plan to incorporate this.
Personal Development Plan – As at 20 Nov 19 Become more disciplined and effective Develop discipline as a habit Develop a routine for removing distractions (eg Phone away etc) Have a weekly plan and stick to it Improve on following processes & procedures Up to date on Leave recording Performance management cycle Conduct work pattern recording Stay current and relevant in technical and professional skills Grow my techical skills and experience Complete Python ML Bootcamp course Take a touch typing course Maintain Professional PR and Digital skills Complete CIPR CPD for the year Compete a course on User Research basics Be an intelligent customer for AI and ML Complete real-world data science exercises that improve my life Complete Python for Data Science learning Execute and understand a sample ML exercise Seek out opportunities and challenges and find a new role Grow my Network Social Media / LinkedIn / Defence Connect Cross Govt MOD Leadership Find a new job Update CV and expose it for feedback Set up jobs monitoring Complete Private sector applications – at least 50 Complete Public Sector applications – as many as possible Explore new opportunities Seek out a project delivery role at work Take on a corporate challenge / wider activity Become a senior leader, ready for SCS Gather and act upon feedback Gather feedback in one place FLS feedback Interview feedback Psychometric feedback Address weaknesses and shadows Identify shadows and make a plan to address them Develop Emotional Intelligence via training Develop Commercial Acumen through practice Develop SCS competences Develop new competence examples for SCS Review SCS behaviours and map to ‘how’ of my personal objective Develop leadership Practice Open Leadership Identify an SCS buddy / mentor Read: “why should anyone be led by you” Develop personal leadership statement and reflect in my objectives Keep learning and developing in a concerted way Deliver this Learning and Development plan Generate L&D plan Review the plan at fixed intervals (monthly) Maintain a log of completed activities Set up self-coaching and reflection on earlier learning Capture all learning and actions in a coherent system Complete the backlog of write-ups Collect notes from FLS coaching sessions Set up a system for reviewing / reminding
What I will aim to do differently as a result:
The plan lists all the things I want to do as part of my learning. There’s a lot there so the challenge will be to stick to it and be realistic about how much of this is doable inside one year.
I’ll likely create a Trello board to track my learning actions – but that is for later.