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Self managed development


This learning guide was written by Fiona Dent, Director of Faculty at Ashridge.  It is one of a series produced by the Ashridge Learning Resource Centre. Each guide sets out to give you a quick summary of the main theories on a particular topic backed up by a practical commentary based on Ashridge's long experience of consulting on and teaching management issues. We hope that it whets your appetite for more information. The guide points you in the direction of other sources such as key books, articles and videos.

Where to start

The fact that you are reading this learning guide suggests that you have already started on the process of self managed development. The most important issue for success in this area is to ensure that you have a very clear focus of what you want to achieve and some ideas of how you are going to achieve them. So some sort of personal development plan is vital.

If you have less than an hour, browse through the development activities and workbook. Also read the overview. Once you have read the overview section, test your knowledge by the attempting the short quiz. If you have longer, start on some of the exercises, in the action planning section of the overview and read the short best practice essays Self-managing Transitions and Urbane renewal. In addition, explore some of the recommended resources.

Last modified: 06/07/2007