A personal development plan examines the key aspects of life, pursuing personal and career growth or change when needed. It promotes self-responsibility, and a sense of ownership for personal, professional, and career development. It assesses personal strengths and weaknesses, decides on a mission and objectives, aligns core values and beliefs, and identifies training and development needs. It then draws up an action plan, implements, reviews, and evaluates to get the job done effectively.
Samuel A Malone is a self-employed training consultant, lecturer and author. He is the author of 21 books published in Ireland, the UK and abroad on learning, personal development, study skills and business management. Some of his books have gone into foreign translations and second editions. He has an M.Ed. with distinction (in training and development) from the University of Sheffield and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Secretary (ACIS). He is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (FIITD).