Skill development is part of being successful; we all get feedback about our natural talents and the areas that require additional effort. This feedback can come in the form of a performance appraisal, a psychometric assessment, a conversation with a co-worker, feedback from an interview, readings or self reflection.

Skill development is to improve your performance in your current role or to focus your efforts in getting to that next high level job.


Development Planning

Shelley Brown

Once you have identified potential areas of growth put a structured development plan together to develop the skill sets and get the experience that you need.

So you are asking, “how will I know what I need for a specific job?”.  I have one word for you COMPETENCIES.  Competencies are defined as the skills, abilities and behaviours needed for success in a specific role.

A sample profile is below:

  • Action Oriented
  • Approachability
  • Caring about Direct Reports
  • Conflict Management
  • Ability to Confront Direct Reports
  • Customer Focus
  • Directing and Leading Others
  • Managing Diversity
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Listening Skills
  • Managerial Courage
  • Process Orientation
  • Organization Skills
  • Building Effective Teams

Each of these competencies have a full definition, examples and even developmental activities on how to enhance that skill.

If you work for a company that does not use competency models, you can interview senior management to assess the skills, ability and behaviours that are desired for any position in the company.  Bromelin can help you in this endeavour.

If each position has a competency model attached to it, these are the competencies that will be used to assess candidates for selection and promotion into this role.  Ask your manager for his/her support in assessing you against these competencies.

The next step is crafting a development plan that will give you the training, exposure, skills and experiences needed to get your ready for that next role.  Don’t wait for your manager to write it for you and even guide the way, it is your career, take charge of the process, research the best development activities and talk to people to get ideas.

A good development plan has a combination of traditional training, self directed learning activities (books, e-learning, DVD’s/workbooks, webinars, etc.), special projects, task forces, mentoring / networking and experiences.  The development activity that has the most impact is on-the-job experience, whether through a stretch assignment, special project, job rotation, etc.  By writing a quality development plan, and following through on that plan, you will develop the necessary skills AND demonstrate your passion to move ahead in your career.


Let Bromelin do a needs assessment and work on an organizational learning strategy or an individual development plan geared towards your career aspirations. Let me help you make your organization an employer of choice!

Shelley Brown
Bromelin People Practices