The Japanese use the word kaizen to describe the nature of the global marketplace. It means “a state of constant change and evolution.” This term accurately reflects the reality of today’s world – with its advancing technologies, changing needs, and changing perspectives. To be successful in this environment, we need to evolve along with our changing marketplace. This requires a constant commitment to professional development.
Taking Stock of Yourself
Managing your own professional development starts with assessing where you are now. Take a realistic inventory of your personal and professional assets:
Your Personal Inventory:
Your Professional Inventory:
Creating a Plan
Once you have taken inventory, you are ready to create a plan for your professional development, which will enable you to reach your goals:
Creating an Environment for Development
It is important to create an environment that facilitates ongoing self-improvement. Consider the following strategies:
Change is the one constant in today’s marketplace. To keep up and be prepared, use the tips outlined here to form a solid strategy for professional development and career management.
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Anne Babej is the COO at the Canadian Professional Sales Association. She also oversees CPSA’s Sales Institute, which provide many in-class, online, or in-house sales and business training courses, as well as Canada’s only recognized sales designation, the Certified Sales Professional (CSP) designation.
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