Sometimes your regular personal development conversation with your manager just drowns in structure, formalities, checklist items, etc etc – barriers and distractions for having a real conversation. Do you know what I mean?
In reality you just want to have a quick conversation that answers a few simple questions:
A successful personal development conversation has a results that doesn’t need to change with changes at the operational level. However in case of significant personal, organizational, tactical or strategical changes, there might need to be made some adjustments. In short – your personal development objectives should not change with the plan of your project. Only exceptionally should there be a need to revisit objectives before the next scheduled conversation – except for the regular and frequent feedback.
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