Personal development plan and personal strategy. Online Course Overview

An individual plan, a personal plan, a personal strategy – these are different names for a concept that is very important for each – a conscious attitude to life and future.

He who fails to plan is planning to fail.

Winston Churchill

Welcome to our online practical course: How to make a personal development plan (personal strategy). This online course is our newest product, and you are reading the first lesson of this course.

This course is designed to quickly and easily develop your strategy from scratch. The course helps individuals to develop an advanced long-term personal plan independently.

You will be able to effectively plan the essential components of your life and increase the likelihood of achieving goals. That is possible if you develop the right approaches for achieving those goals and incorporate these approaches into an individual plan.

Why did we decide to develop this online course on long-term personal planning?

the solid scientific basis for our courses

DESTS – Dynamic Enterprise Strategic Transformation System – the solid scientific basis for our courses (see lessons for details)

We launch this course because our advanced scientific knowledge in the field of strategic management and our methods and practices for their implementation in practice cannot and should not be shared only with organisations.

We have done a lot of work to adapt all this information for people and make it convenient for personal planning. The course is a quintessence of our strategic management knowledge, carefully selected to be applicable for personal planning. That is why you get the most potent intellectual tools developed for business and organisations but adapted to personal long-term planning.

This unique course made for people, whatever degree they have. From high school student to scientist and head of the organization and business owners. All these people are students of this course, and everyone is interested in one, but vital thing: their future. This course helps them to understand whether they manage their lives correctly, what needs to be changed, what to exclude, and what to strengthen.

What to do after developing a personal strategy?

Factors that influence the implementation of the strategy (see lessons for details)

When working on a course, you will focus not only on developing a strategy but also on its implementation. A person always interacts with people and the environment to achieve his goals.

Therefore, it is vital to take into account the social, psychological and many other factors that influence the implementation of the strategy. It is especially important when interacting with the team.

What social aspects of personal strategy implementation we should consider?

  • Internal (intrinsic) and external (extrinsic) motivation
  • The internal and external resistance
  • The role of the local environment
  • Drivers of change
  • Global and regional trends
  • Your hypotheses and vision of the future

They should all be taken into account when developing your strategy. It will be illiterate to employ these factors only when your plan is ready. It is the absence of an in-depth study of these areas mainly affects the failure of most strategies.

In reality, only organisations develop strategies. Is it possible to make a strategy for a person?

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The scientific basis for defining a time horizon for personal strategy (see lessons for details)

Not just possible, but necessary. The personal strategy has a much larger time scale than plans of organisations and often covers not only working moments but also issues of private life, education, financial planning and others. All of them are a basement of your long-term plan.

If you set ambitious tasks in life, you need to approach not only their implementation but also their planning. At this stage, a reasonable question arises as to how to draw up this personal long-term plan — the key to a thoughtful set-up and the attainment of your goals.

A personal strategy is a tool to systematically engage your lives and to reduce the loss of time – the most limited and not renewable for anyone.

What time horizon to choose for a personal strategy?

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The time horizon of planning – a reflection of the thinking scale of the individual (see lessons for details)

The time horizon is not the ability to predict the future, but the ability to hold in mind and take into account trends for a specific time perspective when making decisions.

The usual horizon of planning a personal strategy is 2-20 years. The bigger the time scale, the better. The time horizon issue of personal planning we have studied in detail in this article. Be sure to read it to understand the matter.

Do not be afraid that if something changes around, then the strategy will be useless. It is much easier to adapt an existing plan to changes in the external environment than to do it from scratch.

How to adapt a personal strategy?

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Adaptive personal strategy management cycle (see lessons for details)

Yes, your long-term goals are subject to change. However, you will find the maximum number of opportunities, you will take into account the maximum number of obstacles and determine the most appropriate method for achieving goals.

After a year, two, five, the environment or your situation may change, and you will need to change your strategies. However, this is not a problem; we will teach you how to adapt your plan to new challenges quickly.

The adaptive cycle of strategic management implies a dynamic and simultaneous restructuring of the system of goals and resource plans. In this case, the strategic management cycle provides a multi-level feedback loop, including adjustment (adaptation) of:

  • Strategy implementation methods (performance improvement)
  • Strategic hypotheses (improved analysis)
  • Strategies themselves (better planning)

The periodicity of the strategising process transforms into a more agile and adaptive process. For this, we have created our advanced methodology based on agile development methods for complex products – Strategium Space Scrum.

We understand that a long-term plan is also a complex product. However, when you create your strategy, you will truly reach a new level of understanding of yourself and the world around you.

So what are the main reasons why you need to take this course?

  1. The course is the best investment in your future because developing a personal strategy is the first and most necessary step to manage your life for success, be it a good career or the realisation of your purpose in life. In any case, to understand how to achieve what you need is priceless.
  2. Minimum loss of time. When you create your strategy, you will understand what you need to do, and you will realise what exactly does not benefit your goals. Without a plan, it is almost impossible.
  3. The course has the minimum of theory and the maximum of the practice. As in the rest of our courses, you will receive a clear long-term plan for achieving your life goals, which you will directly use for practical implementation.
  4. The sooner you have your strategy, the better. Together we will develop educational trajectories, the value of which is the higher, the earlier you begin to plan. After all, it is not a secret to anyone that the choice of a university or profession is one of the most strategic decisions in the life of everyone. However, even for adults, the issues of advanced training, mastering some related or completely new areas come to the fore.

What goals do we set for students of this course?

I. Think over and determine the most important goals for you (life-long, career, educational and others).

II. Develop a clear individual plan to achieve them.

III. Master the skills of adapting an individual strategic plan to a changing external environment.

To do this, you will practice mastering the SCRUM method and create real strategies. After completing the course, you will know how to manage your plan and what to do when you receive new information, a unique opportunity, or some success or even a failure.

A good strategy, including a personal one, must be dynamic. Life goes on; everything changes and your plan should take this into account and adapt.

To confidently look to the future, you need to thoroughly understand what, when, and how we are going to achieve.

What topics are in this online course?

Strategium Space Scrum Sprints Sequence

Strategium Space Scrum Sprints Sequence (see lessons for details)

First of all, we study the strategic knowledge we need to create a full-fledged personal development plan. You need to understand what your strategy should include to be a good one, and not to be a wish list for the New Year.

Then we move on to more specific issues, for example, what we need to increase our competitiveness. After all, we live in a society and almost always are in a state of competition. We will study in detail the abilities and competencies that we have now, and choose a planning horizon. We will determine what we may need in the future in various professions and sectors of the economy and what to include in our long-term plan.

We will determine which tools for finding personal goals are suitable for personal planning; we will study the best practices in this area. We will review the concept of path-dependence and how it affects the strategy.

Also, we will define one of the most critical factors in strategic planning – the time horizon. You will understand why strategising for a more extended period becomes your competitive advantage, especially in your career.

We will study and develop an educational path. Let’s see how people make significant shifts in their careers, for example, using the social network LinkedIn.

Find the answer to the question, what is better: a job for hire or own business – the strategic choice that can repeatedly arise during one’s lifetime.

We will conduct career-oriented testing, and when we put together the necessary analytical framework. When we understand who we are and what we need, we will proceed directly to developing a strategy and begin with strategic analysis.

We will analyse the external environment and pay attention to the trends in education, careers, economics, politics, technology and other areas.

We will make a personal SWOT – analysis of external opportunities and threats, internal weaknesses and strengths.

Then we define our mission and assignment to the planning horizon.

We will decide what knowledge and skills we will need, what we need to do, and whom we need to become to realise our mission.

Here we begin to develop proto-strategies. We will include a significant part of these proto-strategies to our plan.

By the way, after each lesson, there will be homework to do. No homework – no strategy.

Then we determine the most important thing – the vision of our future. What exactly do you want to achieve and whom do you want to be after a certain number of years?

Moreover, then, based on that vision, we will determine which main goals need to set to guarantee the achievement of this vision. Additionally, through the use of cause and effect relationships, we will develop a personal strategy map.

After that, we will develop a list of personal projects to achieve each of the goals, find out the limitations that may arise and decide how to overcome them. At this stage, a real plan is ready, and it contains a detailed description of what, when, and how we are going to do.

However, we need to plan and optimise resources and time to implement our projects. If we find resource constraints, we may adjust our goals and strategies. Alternatively, if we do not change the plan, we explore a specific way to obtain these resources.

In any case, at this stage, we will already have a clear and balanced plan for achieving our goals.

Here we have an essential task to determine how we will evaluate the progress in achieving our goals. We will also think over these questions, and after that, we can start implementing our strategy.

At each stage, we will be able to adapt to changing external conditions, even in the future, when the strategy is on the run.

There will also be several bonus lessons for overall development topics related to personal planning.

Conclusion

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, this is one of the essential abilities in life.

Yes, the course is quite ambitious, but everything that you invest in your strategy and individual plan, every minute and every effort, will not be wasted. All of it is truly an invaluable contribution to your life.

Finally, after all that lost years, you need to make the giant leap in achieving your goals. This course is a unique and most effective way to do it.

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In any case, good luck and do it strategically, please.

Deem Rytse

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