Self Development

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1.0 Introduction.
Peter Drucker (1955) postulates that “Development is always self-development. Nothing could be more absurd than for the enterprise to assume responsibility for the development of a man. The responsibility rests with the individual, his abilities, his efforts”.

In essence, in the eyes of a manager, the quote from Drucker boils down simply to “What self- development do I need?” What necessary knowledge and skills do I need, and what standards do I need to set for myself? Successful managers do not take success for granted; they are mindful of the importance of continual change and the importance of searching for new ways and ideas to accomplish tasks. Self development advances and even extends their
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❖ Megginson and Pedler (1992) promulgated that self-development was the process whereby learners took responsibility for choosing the what, when and how of learning. Self –development involves a degree of freedom of choice as you can choose what not to learn.

❖ Brookfield (1995) posits that self-development illustrates how adults determine their own needs for learning and taking command and direction of that said learning.

4.0 Techniques and Resources.
There are different techniques and resources that can be used to help managers become fully aware of what they want to learn and how they want to learn. (Pedler et al 1999)
Some of these resources are as follows:

❖ Reflecting on experiences – learning from what was experienced and learning from mistakes that may have occurred.
With respect to reflecting, we must refer to Kolb’s Learning Cycle 1984 as seen below.


We can also look at Honey and Mumford’s 1982 Learning Styles model as well. [pic]
Source: ❖ Feedback- self development can also stem from a certain degree of feedback. This is so because once an individual is provided with certain feedback steps can be taken to fix any problems that may be highlighted. As a result, the person may seek to gain more knowledge or even development in certain
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