Have you ever wondered whether your efforts at self-development are really paying off? Do you sometimes feel like you are just treading water in getting better at your job? How we really get better at something is a critical issue of time, money and effectiveness.
For years now I have been a student of how we truly progress in skill… in anything.
In particular, I’ve looked at these skill sets:
- communications skills,
- the skill of leading people through big changes, and
- the skill of working on my own personal organization in the face of sometimes seemingly overwhelming busyness.
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One professional accreditation body that I have worked with is the Association for Project Management(APM), the UK’s IPMA professional body. The APM has put a good deal of work into recognizing skill in the field of project management. News broke last week that the APM is finally progressing towards Chartered Status. This means that if you gained APM’s Registered Project Professional (RPP) qualification, as a few of my clients have through my company, pearcemayfield, then you soon may be able to call yourself a Chartered Project Manager.
I like the way APM have designed and graduated their qualifications. Much of this is built on their Competence Framework. However, there are a number of practical challenges in using the whole Competence Framework as it stands. With our clients, we tailor this Framework quite heavily. But there is another reason why we look for a simpler, more general pattern of development.
When I was attending one of their approved training organization events, a member of APM’s L&D team told me that the