Developing Yourself and Others

Development is critical to attracting and retaining talent, driving employee engagement, preparing future leaders, and ultimately ensuring the success of the organization. It is just as important to leaders as it is to their direct reports.

In this course, you will be introduced to a practical process to guide your own and your direct reports’ development-planning efforts. The outcome is a meaningful development plan that supports the organization’s current and future business needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the role of the leader and the team member in development planning and execution.
  • Recognize the importance of development to the success of individuals, teams, and the organization.
  • Use a three-step process, Assess, Acquire, and Apply, to identify strengths and growth areas, plan development actions and successfully implement development plans.
  • Employ a set of best practices to overcome common development barriers and challenges.
  • Measure the effectiveness of your development efforts so you know you are successful.


  • Developing others
  • Continuous learning

Course Content

You will share examples of business needs, successful development and barriers in your organization and discuss shared responsibility and the concept of high-payoff development.

  • Assess: The facilitator describes the three phases of the Development Process – Assess, Acquire, and Apply – and the Assess best practices. Table teams share high-payoff development and potential application opportunities for their direct reports. Write a development goal focused on a growth area.
  • Acquire: Introduction to the phase of Acquire and the three learning methods. Brainstorm ways to acquire the skill, knowledge or ability needed to develop the identified growth area. The facilitator introduces the Acquire best practices and shows a video of an employee feeling overwhelmed. Learners identify which best practices they might use to address the challenge.
  • Apply: Overview of Apply and progressive application. Identify application opportunities for  your growth area and share examples. Learn how to monitor and measure the acquisition and application of skills, knowledge, or competencies, and progress and outcome measures. Write measures for your progressive application opportunities.

Who should take this course?

  • Are development plans something that people only do if they have time?
  • Does development planning break down at key points?
  • Do you struggle to guide and support your people’s development?
  • Do need help with measuring and monitoring the progress of development plans?

Course Information

Target audience: Individual contributors, frontline and mid-level leaders

Course format: Classroom

Course length: 4 Hours

Cost: $75 per participant for materials

Prerequisites: None required

Related Courses:

  • Coaching for Peak Performance
  • Setting Goals and Reviewing Results

Pre-Work Required? Yes - 15 minutes