A skill enhancement plan is most effective when it is connected to the person’s goals and objectives. Therefore, it is essential to first set goals then determine which skills need to be addressed in order to reach that goal. By linking skill enhancement to long term goals, will help ensure the motivation and desire to build that skill.
Each person should begin by completing an assessment to measure his or her current skill level. From that assessment they can determine the skills and competencies they want to address. They should then determine the best course of action to obtain or hone these skills. The plan may include such actions as taking educational courses, attending seminars, or reading books. It is also essential to recognize and note the benefits of enhancing the skill. Knowing the benefits will provide a greater purpose and incentive while working to develop the skill.
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi
A skill assessment is an integral part of any development process. Before anyone can determine what they should improve, they first must assess their current skill levels as they relate to performance. By first assessing your skill level, you will know where deficiencies may lie and what opportunities exist for improvement.
You should begin by reviewing a list of skills and assess your level of mastery of those particular skills or competencies. After reviewing the list, list those skills or competencies that would most benefit from additional development. You may select to further develop a current strength or you may decide to address a developmental need.
After you determine which skill(s) to address, create a written development plan that outlines the course of action you will take to accomplish your objectives. Include the benefits of enhancing this skill. Also, indicate expected completion dates for each action or activity. By doing so, the plan will provide a clear road map for improved performance.