Personal and Professional Development Assignment

Personal and Professional Development Assignment

This personal professional development assignment covers two units BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development from two units diploma of business and diploma of management.

Assessment 1

Activity 1.1.1

Great leaders always lead by example. They believe in setting up the right path for the rest to follow. Take Mahatma Gandhi for instance, he had the qualities that made him a great leader; he was honest, law abiding, he had respect for others and most important of all he had integrity. Yet he never asked anyone to follow him, these innate qualities attracted people to follow his path. Thus, Leaders are born, but they must rise to the challenge if they want to truly inspire people.

Activity 1.1.2

Anyone can be a leader if they are provided with the right tools and environment. Thus, Motivational Theories of Leadership is the most appropriate style in order to be a positive role model. This is because these leaders can empathize with their workers as well as inspire them. For example, if workers are on strike a leader who knows them and work among them will be more effective then someone from the elite management.

Activity 1.2.1

Based on the mind map my SMART goals to improve my personal life are:

  • Improve my relationship with my family and try to connect with my relatives.
  • Work on my relationships and develop new relationship by being friendly and helpful.
  • Improve savings and invest in a house.
  • Stay on track with my career and study.
  • Keep working and enjoy my fitness and always find time to take a break and go on vacation.

Activity 1.2.2

Motivate people          Better Working Environment. Incentive for good work. Encouragement.Motivated workforce means better productivity.Better productivity increases organization’s efficiency and profitability.
Delegating Responsibility            Encourage them to tackle decision. Take ownership of their work. Accountability for their work.Tasks will expand their skill sets and help them take more ownership of their workDelegating will increase morale and raise skill of the employees,
Communicating Effectively  Keep the door open Unbiased listening to grievances Encourage feedbackTake an interest in employees and understand how to better the environment.With regular feedback and listening to workers morale and productivity will improve.

Activity 1.2.3

For an organization to work perfectly everyone should be focused on one goal rather than their own separate agendas. As we can see from the table everything is linked. The ultimate goal is profit but in order to achieve it morale and productivity is important. So, if management only focusses on profits and ignore other factors, the machinery will malfunction. Thus, goals should be aligned on every level.

Activity 1.2.4

SMART goals are an effective tool if used in the right context. They are specific, measurable and realistic. It sets time when achieve goals which improves overall productivity if practices accurately.

Activity 1.3.1

Some of the techniques to measure personal development and performance at work are:

  • Productivity: The productivity is reduced then the worker is not happy. Performance is directly related to productivity.
  • Motivation: The enthusiasm with which does the worker go about with the work assigned to him.
  • Communication: If the employee is communicating freely and happily with the other employees, then he is happy with the environment and thus performance will be good.

Activity 1.3.2

Strengths Strong Fast to react Leads from to front Proactive rather being reactive Open to suggestions Looks at the entire picture.Weaknesses Sometimes a little indifferent to situations. Micromanaging. Impatient and acts fast with completing the full picture.
Opportunities Connect with other people Be open to suggestions Effective ListeningThreats Losing people because incorrect perception. Come off to be arrogant and indifferent.

Assessment 2

Activity 2.1.1

The criteria which will improve my productivity are:

  • Maintaining relationship in workplace
  • Timeliness
  • Maintaining work-life balance
  • Giving feedback
  • Open to criticism
  • Ownership of work
  • Improve quality of work
  • Improve knowledge and skill.

Re-arranged after the matrix my goals are:

  • Timeliness
  • Ownership of work
  • Improve quality of work
  • Maintaining relationship in workplace
  • Giving feedback
  • Improve knowledge and skill.
  • Maintaining work-life balance
  • Open to criticism

Activity 2.1.2

Prioritizing tasks gives more focus. It helps in understanding the importance of the particular task. Scatter thoughts lead to inefficiency and wastefulness of valuable resources. An action plan with defined steps is as always better to achieve goals faster and minimum effort.

Activity 2.1.3

Documents such as time sheet will help in measuring timeliness. The performance reports and supervisor and peer reviews also illustrate if there has been any improvement in performance.

Activity 2.2.1

  • Technology eases work by automating work.
  • Faster transmittal of data.
  • Reduces redundancy and duplication.
  • Focuses on data rather than information.
  • Keeping always connected.

Activity 2.2.2

ComputersFaster processing of work and increased efficiency.
DatabaseStorage of data and backup. Reduces redundancy.
PDAsImproves efficiency. Faster transmittal of data
Word processingImproves efficiency and productivity.

Activity 2.3.1

Stress is part of the package in the work life. If not handled properly stress leads to:

  • Reduced Productivity
  • Burn Out
  • Conflict in home and work
  • Disinterest in work
  • Low morale.

Activity 2.3.2

The best ways to tackle stress in work are:

  • Enjoy your work and take ownership of it.
  • Interact with others and take interest in their life.
  • Develop hobbies to distract from work.
  • Take time to ‘cool off’

Assessment 3

Activity 3.1.1

We can assess our personal knowledge and skill by:

  • Constantly testing our knowledge.
  • Progressively picking up harder tasks.
  • Comparing our knowledge with peers.

Activity 3.1.2

Competency Standard dictates how people should perform a job or work role. It captures the various dimensions which when taken together, account for ‘competent’ performance.’

Activity 3.1.3

Competency Standard can be measured by following ways:

  • Self-Assessment.
  • Peer Assessment.
  • Supervisor Assessment
  • Ranking system.

Activity 3.1.4

When we cannot meet the competency standard set by the company, then we should work harder to meet the bare minimum that is expected from our organization. This is done by continuous learning, hard work and dedication. The herd is as strong as its weakest link thus we have to improve.

Activity 3.2.1

Negative feedback points out the areas we need to improve upon and what we are doing wrong and overall how our performance is. We must take negative feedback in good spirits and take it upon our self to improve on it. So, we don’t receive the same remarks again.

 Activity 3.2.2

Positive feedback doesn’t mean that there is no room left for improvement and we meet all corporate standards, because there is always room for improvement. Receiving positive feedback merely means that we are on the right track.

Activity 3.2.3

360 degree feedback is receiving and giving feedback at every level from staff to management. In this system, everyone gives and receives feedback. 360 degree feedback helps getting the full picture what staff feels about management and vice versa. It gives people a platform to showcase their expectation and grievances.

Activity 3.3.1

Divergers are ‘creative’ and can tackle a wide array of problems effectively. Convergers are ‘specialist’ they are good at what they do, but there performance drops when they are out of there element.

Assimilators deal in theories, they clearly define the problem and constraints before going forth solving the problem. Accommodators are more hands on in their approach they direct and lead.

Accommodators is my preferred style as it involves everyone in the team and the team work as a unit.

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Activity 3.3.2

The five types of personality traits are:

  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Agreeableness is the need to please. The individual with this personality type always try to get along with people by agreeing with their opinion and always try to shy away from conflict.

Activity 3.4.1

We are all part of society and nobody can survive in isolation. In a workplace, being good at your work is one part of the job but not the only part. Building relationship and a network with fellow employees is also very important. Having a network eases pressure on the individual, he can always reach out to others when stuck and also learn from them and increase the competency. In cases of promotion a socially proactive person is preferred over introvert.

Networks are important and simple to build. All you need is the willingness to make the first move, be friendly and ready to help whenever someone needs it. A small act of selflessness goes a long way in developing a network.

Assessment 4

Complete the questions below

  1. Your Personal Goals: 

List your 5 key personal goals/ learning objectives for the next 12 months in the table below

OBJECTIVES What are your personal goals? (Make sure you write SMART goals)ACTION PLAN How will you achieve your personal goals?TIMEFRAME By when?
Visit new placesTravel1 year
Make more friendsBy socializing and open to new experiences2 months
Find a new hobbyBy stepping out of comfort zone2 months
Lose weightBy exercising4-6 months
Improve communication skillBy stepping out of comfort zone and socializing4-6 months

Your Professional Goals: 

List your 5 key professional goals for the next 12 months in the table below

OBJECTIVES What are your professional goals? (Make sure you write SMART goals)ACTION PLAN How will you achieve your career/work goals?TIMEFRAME By when?
Perform well at workWork harder and pay more attention at work.6 months
Improve efficiencyBy paying attention on work6 months
Build networkBy talking and helping co-workers.6 months
Work on communicationBy stepping out of comfort zone and socializing6 months
Work on leadership skillBy stepping up whenever required6 months

  1. Your organisation’s policies, plans and procedures (If you are not working at the moment, use ACTB for this question)

List the written  policies and procedures used within your organisation

  •  Wear formals at work
  • Be on time
  • Be professional at your work
  • Take ownership of your work
    1. List the mandatory qualifications and/or training needed for your job.
  • A master’s degree
  • 3 day training when joining the company
  • Necessary training throughout the year.

Write a list of all the legislative instruments  (laws) that apply to most workplaces in Australia

  • Be professional on workplace
  • Respect and don’t harass co-workers
  • Be on time
  • Be ethical and don’t misuse office resources
  1. Your performance so far:  Measure your performance at work against the following competency standards
Employability skillIndustry or enterprise requirements for this qualification include:Rate your performance:
  1. Give yourself a rating 1-10, where 1=Very poor and 10= Excellent)
Give reasons for your rating
Communicationconducting research to collect and analyse information in a range of reports consulting with others to develop a range of plans and reports liaising with stakeholders and promoting participative workplace arrangementsRating: 7 My communication skill is average not that good but not bad either.
Teamworkcontributing to the development of other team members providing feedback on team performance to colleagues and managersRating: 8 I’m a good team player always participated in sports as a leader as well as a follower.
Problem-solvingapplying risk management processes to business operations assessing financial viability of new opportunities and matching organisational capability with market needs negotiating solutions to new and emerging issuesRating: 6 I am calm during problems, but have limited experience in this.
Initiative and enterpriseencouraging creative and innovative workplace solutions identifying new and emerging opportunities for the business and developing strategies to capitalise on them managing, fostering and facilitating changeRating: 5 Not much experience in this area.  
Planning and organisingdeveloping systems that are flexible and responsive to changing circumstances planning for contingencies and performance of staff and systemsRating: 7 I’m good at prioritizing work and time which helps in planning.
Self-managementdealing with contingencies managing own time and priorities taking responsibility as required by job role and ensuring organisational policies and procedures are adhered toRating: 7 I’m good at prioritizing work and time.
Learningassisting others to acquire new knowledge and skills to improve team and individual performanceRating: 8 I’m always eager to learn and improve myself.
Technologyusing electronic communication devices and processes, such as internet, intranet and email to produce written correspondence and reports using technology to assist the management of information and to assist the planning processRating: 8 I’m tech savvy and knowledgeable about electronics.

  1. Work-life balance:  What steps will you take to ensure that you maintain a work-life balance and minimise stress
  • Try not to get to involved with work
  • Take time to cool off
  • Build a positive atmosphere around me.
  • Develop a hobby
  1. Networks:  Review your existing networks and identify ways in which you can improve your professional network.

My existing network is adequate, but not that big. I’ll improve my network by:

  • Helping more people at my workplace.
  • Listening to people
  • Taking interest in their personal life.