Supported Self-Development is a practical method for developing employees that is easy to understand and apply.
It’s based on two ideas:
- All development or learning is fundamentally self-development. I can’t learn for you and you can’t learn for me. In other words, responsibility for learning must be with the learner. But few people can figure out everything on their own. They need various types of support. At work that’s a manager’s job and it is essential.
- Most managers already have the skills they need to provide this support – they don’t need to learn a whole new skill set, like coaching. What managers might not know is how to apply those skills to employee development. This book shows how to do that. Take a look at the first chapter to learn more.
The book is brief – about 100 pages and written in everyday language. Familiar concepts like project management and SMART goals are used. Examples and tools are provided. Conversations between a manager and direct reports are used to bring this material to life.