We all hear the phrase “New Year, New You” on a regular basis, but this doesn’t negate the fact that this mantra rings true in many situations, including the workplace. This year, you have the opportunity to make it your best year yet by investing in your professional development. Keep in mind that working on your own improvement can also aid in the organizational development of your own company and coworkers. In this blog post, we identify four ways that any professional can improve themselves while also encouraging organizational development among their peers.
4 Ways to Improve Organizational Development
1. Attend a conference: Attending conferences keeps you professionally fresh and innovative. Each conference has the potential to provoke creativity and unique programming ideas while increasing motivation. Find a conference you think you would benefit from and take a small step towards professional development within your trade.
2. Read a business related book: Reading about the success of others in business can help create tangible goals for any professional looking for growth. Books can be a great aid in your own triumphs and we highly encourage reading as frequently as possible. Consider books like New York Times Best Sellers such as “Hundred Percenters” by Mark Murphy, a book challenging employees to perform at their highest level; “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, a biography of the entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with him conducted over two years; or “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, a book about why some people succeed. These books and many others are sure to aid in your professional development efforts, so put down the pen and paper and pick up a nicely bound book.
3. Attend a training course: Professional development comes in many shapes and sizes; sometimes the smallest thing can help with that as well as organizational development. Attending a training course that is relevant to your job field could make all the difference in the success that you have throughout the year. Consider attending a course on topics you are unfamiliar with, or perhaps a course that would serve as a refresher for topics you may need to brush up on. Either way, a short course will keep you fresh and innovative in the workplace.
4. Go for a certification: It is no secret that professional development only happens if the professional is willing to develop into an improved employee. Getting a certification shows that desire for professional development and demonstrates to coworkers and employers that you are interested and motivated to become the best team member you can be. Consider finding a certification this year that will benefit and motivate those in your workplace throughout the year. For more information on the benefits of obtaining a certification see my prior post www.mpstaff.com/certification-the-benefits-for-your-career/.
Use these tools and the various resources at your own disposal to better yourself, your coworkers and your company this year. After all, your own professional development should spark a desire in your team members to improve, thus aiding in your organizational development and allowing the team to come full circle.
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