Inside the program: Developing yourself

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 27, 2010

Just as you focus on developing the talent of your staff, so too you need to develop yourself even if you have no ambitions for promotion. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and you need to assess yourself so you can build on your strengths, mitigate your weaker areas, and become a more effective manager and leader.

If your organization doesn’t have a talent management system, and most don’t (Squazzo, 2009), don’t worry. There are many activities that you can do to develop yourself without being part of a formal organization-sanctioned program. Keep in mind that you don’t need to begin all the activities simultaneously. Start with building self-awareness and then choose which next development activity makes the most sense for you. Talk to your manager, coach, or mentor to determine which activity will be the most impactful to your success first. Create a two-year plan with his or her input.

Source: Lead! Becoming an Effective Coach and Mentor to your Nursing Staff

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