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Undertake a self-assessment of your own capabilities to manage an agile organisation and propose areas for professional personal development to improve your capabilities. Points to note:
• Command word is undertake – prepare, create, do
• Topic – assessing your managing and leadership capabilities to manage an agile organisation, personal development plans
• Word count – 1000 words
• Read the entire of Chapter 4.
Paragraph 1 – (2 citations, 140 words)
• Introduce the skills of an agile manager capable of leading an organization towards flexibility and responsiveness to the macro environment – often characterized by VUCA. Some of these skills include (From Chapter 3): Transformational leadership skills change management skills, business process re-engineering skills, team working skills, innovative skills, emotional intelligence, Conflict resolution and negotiation skills amongst others
Project management skills
Communication skills eg. verbal, report writing, interpersonal, emotional intelligence.
• Discuss the importance of Continuous Professional Development in achieving these mentioned skills – use a citation.“Any professional development activities engaged in which enhance knowledge and skills and enable the participant to consider their attitudes and approaches with a view to improve the quality of their work.” – Bolam 1993
• Introduce the stages of the CPD cycle to professionals to assessing their development needs and planning to meet these agile skills.
I. Assess your skills
II. Plan to improve
III. Undertake training and review
IV. Evaluate – did you improve?
• Make a judgement on the benefits of you conducting a self-assessment of your capabilities to manage an agile organization. Provide a clear justification. Helps you to identify your strengths, shortcomings and areas for improvement.
• Outline the techniques you will use to conduct this assessment – See Chapter 4:
o Self-reflection using Kolb’s experiential learning cycle – Chap 3.
o Personal SWOT Analysis
• Outline the purpose of this report which is conduct a self-assessment of your own capabilities to manage and lead an agile organization as well as outline areas for professional personal development. Paragraph 2 – (2 citations, 225 words, Using kolb’s experiential learning cycle)
• Introduce that Kolb’s experiential cycle can be used as a self-assessment tool to determine your capabilities to lead an agile organization. • Explain the four stages of Kolb’s cycle: 1) Experience 2) Reflection 3) Conceptualisation and 4) Planning
• Apply each stage to yourself. For example:
o Experience: Introduce your current job role. Discuss your experiences in this job role. Outline what skills you have acquired in this role: Leading others, managerial and planning skills, communication skills, motivation skills, team working skills, report writing skills, effective public speaking skills, creative skills to solve problems, negotiation skills to disarm conflicts. Outline scenarios where you believe you did not the have skills required for the situation – hosting a department meeting, presenting your departmental’s achievement to your seniors, reacting to change in job duties, a project you knew nothing about etc. o Reflection: Based on job experiences (normal work practice and new situations you were exposed to in your job) discuss what worked well? What didn’t go so well? What strong skills you possess? What skills you do not have? What skills do you think require improvement possibly through training? Why do you think these skills are important in leading an agile organization – agile businesses are complex, human driven and must constantly adapt to change in order to be competitive). Also reflect on your learning style – which style works for you?
Paragraph 3 – (2 citations, 225 words, Personal SWOT analysis)
• Introduce that a Personal SWOT analysis can be used as a self-assessment tool to determine your capabilities to lead an agile organization – use a citation
• Explain the four areas of a SWOT: 1) Personal Strengths 2) Personal Weaknesses 3) Threats 4) Opportunities
• Apply each area of the SWOT analysis to you. For example:
o Personal Strengths: Good at time management, record keeping and punctuality and subordination to superiors.
o Personal Weaknesses: Not so good at public speaking for departmental meetings, writing professional reports and incident reports, statistical data analysis. Weak interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills which may make it difficult for your team working experiences or to receive feedback. You might resistance to change and/or cannot operate in fast paced environment such as your employer’s. Also, you may lack project management skills to manage projects toward their project outcomes. Also, you may prefer to be coached by a trainer rather than pursue individual research and self-directed learning in solving problems. o Some threats: Changing technology trends makes it difficult to keep up; new staff having more contemporary skills; employer considering restructuring which would mean possible job loss if skills and work ethic are not of a high standard to guarantee your job security.
o Opportunities: Your employer may require particular skills in a department which you make have eg. Social media skills, marketing skills etc. A new branch may be opening up or there is potential for you to be selected into a management development training programme inside your company. Paragraph 4 (2 citations, 250 words, areas for professional personal development)
• Informed by your discussion of Kolb’s experiential cycle as it relates to your skills and the completion of your personal SWOT analysis, identify 5 areas where you require professional development.
• Some of these areas you may require improvement on include:
o Report writing skills
o Verbal communication skills and public speaking
o Team working skills – interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills when working with others
o Conflict resolutions skills in dealing with others, managing teams, solving problems etc. o Project Management skills – required to deliver personal and departmental projects.
o Change management skills
o Environmental scanning skills
o Organisational restricting skills
• Indicate that you will use a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to document skills required and the method of acquisition in order to boost your professional and personal performance.
• Create the table on page 110 in Chap 4 as it applies to your areas for improvement. As you populate the table, ensure:
o Development objectives are SMART expressed – see page 109
o Clearly outline the approach or method used to achieve the development objective. See page 111. For example:
More experiential learning on the job – welcome opportunities to try new activities
Employer sponsored workshops, training
Online training programmes by industry institutes or EDx, Courseera, Udemy etc.
Mentoring and coaching by senior staff
Longer term courses eg, BSc, MBAs – sponsored by you or your employer
Your self-directed learning efforts
Training put on by internal training depts. or corporate universities eg. Banks etc.
Employee secondments – employees transferred to another company or unit for some time.
Project based assignments eg. improving a business process, new product development etc. An example of the table include:
Development aim Specific action to be taken Resources and support needed Outcomes or success criteria Target dates Contribution to career goals
1. To improve policy writing and report writing skills To earn formal skills in policy development and report writing by pursuing 2 related courses within the next 6 months
Use SMART • Training funds
• Time away from work to attend courses
• Reliable computer
• Study leave for exams To write professional department policies and reports for subordinates and senior management
to boost self confidence in policy and report writing To complete course 1: May 2nd
To complete course 2: June 2nd
To experience self confidence in writing: June 10th Helps in writing policies to navigate people and resources in rapidly changing environments eg. remote working policy brought on by the pandemic
Label your table
Discuss at least 8 development aims related to the skills of an Agile Manager at the workplace.
Leave the table in the report rather than the Appendix.
• Ensure the table is labelled and referenced in your discussion.
Paragraph 5 (1 citation, 200 words, discussion of your table)
• Reflect on the PDP created for your yourself using Gibbs (1988) Reflective cycle – See Chapter 4. • Discuss the value of PDP in meeting your career goals, preparing you for uncertainty in the workplace, shaping your skills set as an agile manager ready to embrace changes in the workplace etc. • Discuss the value of the self-assessment and planning stages of the CPD cycle to you as an aspiring agile manager in the modern workplace (50 words here). For example, it prepares you for change and uncertainty in your job, at the business level, helps you adopt a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset etc.
• Discuss some of the barriers to your CPD such as time availability, high costs of training and lack of employer commitment or even lack of opportunities – Friedman and Phillips (2001) (Page 118).
• Recommend strategies to overcome barriers to your CPD – use a citation. Eg. Self manage your own CPD.
Paragraph 6 (60 words)
• Summarise the benefits of using your created PDP to aid your transition to become an agile manager. Resources:
• Steps in creating a Personal Development Plan- https://cpdonline.co.uk/knowledge-base/business/what-are-personal-development-plans/
• Creating a PDP: https://youtu.be/195nPfQPaoQ
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