Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, Udemy has reported a 425% uptake in online learning.

A rise in online learning is important because:

  • Those whose work has been disrupted have taken the time to upskill themselves  
  • A lack of commuting time has allowed people to find more time in the day for learning  
  • A wide and new set of skills is being made available to organisations 
  • Services and products that were out of reach due to gaps incompetence are now attainable 

This uptake in learning also has a flip side (like every coin), in that: 

  • Individuals are utilising the term “expert” as soon as they have completed online courses 
  • We are seeing a rise in course collectors who pass courses ‘just because’  
  • The quality of some online training is not validated independently 
  • Learning with or without an exam should not replace confidence through experience 

At Wellingtone we have always discussed the concept of ‘total wellness’ for your development. That is looking at the three aspects of competence that you need to be successful in your current, and future roles; both personally and professionally. 

We use the Wellingtone Competence Framework to help us identify areas of strength and areas for improvement across: 

  • Strategic competencies support the individual with navigating the political landscape of organisations, strategic foresight, and management skills. 
  • Delivery competencies enable adaptiveness to the project (or programme or portfolio) environment to enable successful outcomes. 
  • Capability competencies providing a space for developing the right mindset to demonstrate positive behaviour and other interpersonal skills. 

Taking your professional development seriously is your responsibility. This sounds obvious but it is important to understand that many leave their development up to their organisation, who decides when and what training and development individuals need to do their job well. Often though, organisations focus on the individual’s current role as opposed to their current role and their future potential. 

Why is now the time to take responsibility for your development?

There have been many people and jobs dispersed since March 2020. There has also been a greater need for a tactical PMO to bring data and information together with analysis to inform fast and efficient decision making.  

As a result, we are already seeing organisations looking for support in the PMO space as they are seeing the value of a single source of truth and also in project professionals that can adapt to emerging portfolios.  

Because of this, now is a perfect time to re-boot your skills. 

How to take responsibility for your development

A managed professional development plan is what you need! Some pointers to get you started: 

  • Understand your starting point: as with defining the benefits of a project or programme, it is imperative to understand the baseline. Taking some time for reflective practice to determine your own performance will enable you to create a baseline which you can refer back to, to see how far you have come at the end of your plan. 
  • Focuses on professional and personal growth: to ensure your total wellness. Developing professional skills can only complement your professional skills. This approach will ensure motivation comes from within, as you see and feel different when it comes to your confidence, energy, and drive. 
  • Do not dampen down your interests: your plan should not be all work! One of the greatest gifts of working within our industry is the ability to bring different skills together to deliver beneficial change. Remember that leadership, business, and complementary skills are becoming more and more important according to business leaders. 
  • Make it realistic: but also, aspirational. Try to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Make yourself uncomfortable and you will be surprised how much you can achieve. 
  • Know yourself: by taking the time to do some reflection. As professional adults, we do not take enough time to do this because we are focused on the day to day tasks that need to be done, and yet it is very important to define your own aspirations ad goals. 

If you want to discuss your development plan who not take advantage of a 30-minute free session with our DrPMO

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By: Emma Arnaz-Pemberton

Emma Arnaz-Pemberton
Consulting Director FAPM, MCMI, MPMI, MIoD PMO-CC, MoR, MSP, PRINCE2

Published: 10 November 2020

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