Hardly anyone would say that self development is a bad idea
Most people would love to learn something new or get better at something. Learning something new can unlock career progression or it can make something a lot more pleasurable: Hitting a ball straight down the fairway is a lot more satisfying than spending time looking for it in the bushes. And at work learning how to be an ace salesperson can be the difference between closing sales vs constant rejection and missed targets. In other words: a little skills development can be the difference between happiness and frustration.
But "should" doesn't work
If it was so easy, we’d all be doing it. Instead skills development turns into one of those things we “should” do. We should exercise more, eat healthier etc. One reason is it’s difficult to invest for the future when we have so many pressing current engagements.
But there are some keys to successful self development. This is my list based on taking the best, proven advice from a variety of sources:
Be the tortoise, not the hare,
Set time aside,
Try for ten,
Know what you’re working towards,
Commit in a way that works for you.
But the problem with traditional leadership training is that it’s high level theory. Learning about vision, values, culture, inspiration is interesting but it doesn’t help you to fix the problems that you face every day. That’s why the www.boss.camp program shares with you practical management techniques, down to the level of what words to say and what specific actions to take.
Often hardest part is just starting. And so I’ve developed a guide that will take you through the process. If you’ve got 5 minutes go through the guide now and you will be on the track to life-long development. The instructions are here
How these work are as follows:
1. Be the tortoise, not the hare
It’s not a sprint, doing a little every week will get you there. We can all afford an hour a week (It’s only 2.5% of the total week!)
2. Set time aside
If you wait until you have time, you never will. Setting specific time aside is vital
3. Eliminate distractions
What are the usual distractions? Turn them off or physically avoid them for an hour. Be selfish for a little if you need to.
4. Try for ten
Starting is the hardest part - try for ten minutes. If it’s not your day, come back another day
5. Know what you’re working towards and when
There has to be a reason and this reason has to be motivating to you. When things get tough remind yourself why this is important to you
6. Monitor, adapt
It’s not going to be perfect, that’s ok, just adapt. If you’re not learning what you wanted, try a new medium - for example if book learning isn’t working, try getting a coach.
7. Commit in a way that works for you
This can be an personal goal, with personal targets. But for some people it works better to externalize the commitment by finding someone who will hold you accountable. In sport this is your coach/ training partner in work this could be your mentor, boss or business coach
These 7 keys will help you to turn the “should” into done. But I understand that even good advice doesn’t result in solutions. That’s why I’ve developed a “How to” guide that gives you action steps to take that will give you the result you want.
If that sounds like a lot, do you think you could spend 5 minutes to find out? If so go here.
Many people study MBA’s to advance their careers. And in MBA’s you learn about things like marketing, finance, operations and commercial law etc which are really important in business. But what you don’t learn is practical people management techniques like what to do and what to say to your employees. To progress in your career the skill that will do more for you than anything else is the ability to select, motivate and retain employees. That’s why WWW.BOSS.CAMP was invented - to show you what they didn’t teach you in school about managing employees. The program includes topics such as:
- How to motivate employees,
- What are bad employee motivators,
- What you must do as a manager but isn't on your job description,
- How leaders get power.