Among Christians, sometimes the concept of “planning” seems to conflict with the practice of being “led by the Spirit of God.” Although it is absolutely critical that we seek God’s guidance and direction in all we do, scripture provides ample support for the practice of planning (see the appendix to the attached Personal Development Plan Assignment file). No one would argue that the function of planning is not fundamental to good business practice. We would argue that it is also fundamental to our personal growth and development as individuals. This course is designed to move you beyond good intentions to action and personal growth. The Personal Leadership Development Plan (PDP) will take you several steps further by giving you the opportunity to create a practical plan of action in the areas of educational, vocational, and career growth. In the PDP, you will articulate your vision, dream and/or sense of calling for the future and develop a minimum of 3 goals – a 1-year goal, a 3-5 year goal, and a 10-year goal – that will move you forward in the vision/dream/calling you have for your life. Take some time now to read the attached Personal Development Plan Assignment documents. You are encouraged to begin thinking through its sections and exercises now while you have time to prepare for them. It is strongly recommended that you begin your work on the PDP early, even if it is note-taking and recording ideas.Using the attached template, finalize your Personal Leadership Development Plan and submit it using the link above.
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UNIV 100 Regent Foundations for Success
Personal Development Plan
Submitted by (Your Name) on (Date)
Step One: Personal Profile (350-450 word reflection/summary)
Based upon my findings from the Character Index and Strengths assessments, as well any other
assessments I have done, how has God gifted and designed me? What is the vision, dream, and/or
sense of calling God has given me for my life (as best I can understand it at this time)? How does my
gifting and design align with my vision, dream, and/or calling?
Step Two: Goals (no word limit but should be at least 750 in length)
A. Goal (1–year): State goal here.
• Obstacles (be sure to look at potential inner heart/character obstacles, as well as obstacles
that might tend to be more external or circumstantial)
• Strategies (in addition to general strategies/action steps for achieving your goals, be sure to
also identify strategies/action steps for overcoming the obstacles you’ve identified)
o Action Steps (be sure action steps are tied to each specific strategy)
• Measures (these may actually take the form of action steps but should be listed separately
and should clearly demonstrate how they will measure/assess progress on the goal and
strategies)
B. Goal (3-5 year): State goal here.
• Obstacles (be sure to look at potential inner heart/character obstacles, as well as obstacles
that might tend to be more external or circumstantial)
• Strategies (in addition to general strategies/action steps for achieving your goals, be sure to
also identify strategies/action steps for overcoming the obstacles you’ve identified)
o Action Steps (be sure action steps are tied to each specific strategy)
• Measures (these may actually take the form of action steps but should be listed separately
and should clearly demonstrate how they will measure/assess progress on the goal and
strategies)
C. Goal #3 (10 year): State goal here.
• Obstacles (be sure to look at potential inner heart/character obstacles, as well as obstacles
that might tend to be more external or circumstantial)
• Strategies (in addition to general strategies/action steps for achieving your goals, be sure to
also identify strategies/action steps for overcoming the obstacles you’ve identified)
o Action Steps (be sure action steps are tied to each specific strategy)
• Measures (these may actually take the form of action steps but should be listed separately
and should clearly demonstrate how they will measure/assess progress on the goal and
strategies)
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Personal Leadership Development Plan (PDP) Instructions
The Purpose
Within some circles in the Church, the concept of “planning” seems to conflict with the practice
of being “led by the Spirit of God.” Although it is absolutely critical that we seek God’s
guidance and direction in all we do, scripture provides ample support for the practice of planning
(see appendix to this document). No one would argue that the function of planning is
fundamental to good business practice. I would argue that it is also fundamental to our personal
growth and development as individuals. It is part of “walking the talk” and putting faith into
action (i.e. “faith without works is dead”). The Personal Development Plan (PDP) will now take
you several steps further by giving you the opportunity to create a practical plan of action in the
areas of educational, vocational, and career growth.
For this assignment you will articulate your vision, dream and/or sense of calling for the future
and develop a minimum of 3 goals – a 1-year goal, a 3-5 year goal, and a 10-year goal – that
will move you forward in the vision/dream/calling you have for your life. Your goals should be
tangible and concrete, and your overall plan should identify specific areas for personal
development and growth in either the goals or strategies sections of the plan. For example, a
student’s 3-year goal might be to secure a job in marketing/promotion with a large non-profit
humanitarian organization upon graduation. This is an acceptable, specific, concrete goal.
However, the student will likely need to develop particular knowledge and skills over the next
three years to put himself/herself in a position to be hired by such an organization. These areas of
development, in this case, should be covered in the student’s strategies.
An initial strategy might be to begin doing research on humanitarian organizations of interest to
learn about what skills and experience are actually needed to secure marketing jobs within these
organizations. Another strategy could be to secure an internship with such an organization prior
to graduation to gain experience and to further develop their skills. Additional strategies would
also likely be needed. Action steps would subsequently be identified for each strategy – specific,
concrete, time-oriented tasks and action items to implement the strategy.
Your PDP will include the following components (see further explanation/instructions below):
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Personal Profile
Goals
Obstacles (to achieving goals)
Strategies (for achieving goals, including how to overcome obstacles)
Action Steps (for each strategy)
Measures (for evaluating your progress on your goals and action steps)
Obstacles Explained
Key Questions: What currently hinders my progress, growth or development in this area? Are
there any heart/character issues at the root of this obstacle? Could these heart/character issues be
obstacles in and of themselves? If so, how can I overcome these so that I can truly make progress
in this area? What challenges can I anticipate as I move forward in this area?
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Note: Be sure to look at potential inner heart/character obstacles, as well as obstacles that might
tend to be more external or circumstantial. For example, a person could identify “overcommitment” as an obstacle to their growth goal of developing greater intimacy with God.
Indeed, this may be one obstacle to overcome and would warrant a strategy for becoming less
committed. However, this strategy would primarily focus on the external circumstances of the
person’s life, whereas a root cause of the struggle could possibly be an inner obstacle of
“approval addiction,” as Ortberg pointed out. In this case, a strategy for overcoming approval
addiction would also be warranted if the person truly desires lasting change and growth in this
area.
Strategies Explained
Key Questions: How will I achieve my goals? How can I overcome the obstacles and challenges
identified above?
Note: Identify multiple but complimentary strategies for achieving your goals. Be sure to include
strategies for overcoming the obstacles you have identified. See further explanation of the
difference between goals and strategies above in the “Purpose” section of these instructions.
Action Steps Explained
Key Questions: What are the specific steps and tasks involved in actually implementing my
strategies above? Where can I schedule these into my calendar?
Note: Ensure that your steps are SMART – that is, specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and
time-oriented. Use the SMART criteria to test each of your action steps.
Example of a non-SMART action step:
• I will start reading my Bible.
Examples of SMART action steps:
• I will download a daily Bible reading plan from the Discipleship Journal website by Monday,
October 8.
• I will begin reading my Bible according to this reading plan for 20 minutes each morning
before I go to work starting Tuesday, October 9.
• I will immediately begin setting my alarm clock for 20 minutes earlier to ensure that I leave
enough time for my reading.
• If in the coming days I find myself hitting the snooze button and oversleeping, I will move
my alarm clock to my bedroom dresser to force myself to get out of bed and to prevent
oversleeping.
Measures Explained
Key Questions: How will I know that I am making progress on my goals? How and when will I
assess/evaluate my progress and make necessary adjustments to keep me moving forward on my
plan? How will I ultimately determine whether or not I have achieved my goal within the time
frame I have set?
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Note: Some of your “measures” will actually become action steps. However, list these as
“measures” and specifically show how these action steps will actually help you measure and
assess your progress on your goals and strategies.
Use all of the materials from the class as you develop your plan. In particular, make sure to
closely consult the Christian Character Index and the 16 Personalities Personality Test.
Appendix: Scriptural Support for Planning
God to Moses: Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain. Exodus
26:30
King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my
heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool
of our God, and I made plans to build it. 1 Chronicles 28:2
Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple… He gave him the
plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all
the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the
dedicated things. 1 Chronicles 28:11-12
“All this,” David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, and he gave me
understanding in all the details of the plan.” 1 Chronicles 28:19
The book of Nehemiah: A careful read of the book of Nehemiah will reveal that Nehemiah had a
very clear goal for rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and specific plans and strategies for how the
accomplish this, including how to deal will the opposition and obstacles the people would face in
pursuit of this goal.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Psalm 33:11
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways… Proverbs 14:8
A prudent man gives thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:15
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. Proverbs 20:18
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Proverbs 31:10-31 – The wife of noble character is characterized by a lifestyle of diligent and
careful planning and management of her resources to bring blessing to her household.
But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands. Isaiah 32:8
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Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see
if he has enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN RUBRIC
Levels of Achievement
Criteria
Personal Profile
Novice
0 to 69 %
Profile is incomplete. Information
lacking or vague. Difficult to find a
coherent profile.
Competent
70 to 89 %
Profile is complete. Most of the
relevant information is present. As is,
an identifiable profile.
Proficient
90 to 100 %
Clear, concise “snapshot” of who you
are and where you are going in this
area.
0 to 69 %
Goals unclear or not stated.
70 to 89 %
Unclear 1 year, 3-5 year, and 10 year
goals stated.
90 to 100 %
Clear 1 year, 3-5 year, and 10 year
goals stated.
0 to 69 %
Demonstrates little consideration of
both inner and external obstacles.
70 to 89 %
Demonstrates some consideration of
both inner and external obstacles.
90 to 100 %
Demonstrates thorough consideration
of both inner and external obstacles.
0 to 69 %
Little identification of relevant
strategies that clearly support and
facilitate the ongoing progress toward
the stated goals.
70 to 89 %
Identification of at least a few relevant
strategies that clearly support and
facilitate the ongoing progress toward
the stated goals.
90 to 100 %
Identification of several relevant
strategies that clearly support and
facilitate the ongoing progress toward
the stated goals.
0 to 69 %
Little to no listing of SMART action
steps that clearly support the
implementation of the chosen
strategies.
70 to 89 %
Somewhat thorough listing of SMART
action steps that clearly support the
implementation of the chosen
strategies.
90 to 100 %
Thorough listing of SMART action
steps that clearly support the
implementation of the chosen
strategies.
0 to 69 %
No specific methods and/or action
steps that clearly demonstrate how
and when progress toward goals and
strategies will be assessed/measured
and adjustments made.
70 to 89 %
Methods and/or action steps that
demonstrate how and when progress
toward goals and strategies will be
assessed/measured and adjustments
made.
90 to 100 %
Specific methods and/or action steps
that clearly demonstrate how and
when progress toward goals and
strategies will be assessed/measured
and adjustments made.
0 to 69 %
The Plan does not follow the basic
formatting model provided and is
difficult to follow in terms of design
and order.
70 to 89 %
The Plan does follow, at least in part,
the basic formatting model provided,
and the reader can follow the Plan in
terms of design and order.
90 to 100 %
The Plan follows the formatting model
provided and is professional in
appearance.
0 to 69 %
A number of sentences are
ungrammatical (and/or contain
misspellings) and are therefore difficult
to read.
70 to 89 %
While the Plan contains a few
ungrammatical sentences (or
misspellings), overall the writing is
easy to follow.
90 to 100 %
The writing is nearly flawless
grammatically and contains no
egregious misspellings.
Weight 30.00%
Goals
Weight 10.00%
Obstacles
Weight 10.00%
Strategies
Weight 10.00%
Action Steps
Weight 10.00%
Measures
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Format
Weight 10.00%
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