Jobs and Career
Explaining personal development
Posted Friday, October 4 2013 at 00:00
Personal development aims to create a productive society of people living at the top abilities. Getting there takes effort and time.
In an age where professionals discover every few months that their skills are obsolete, the need for personal development cannot be over-stressed.
Being a part of today’s professional discussion, it is more important than ever before for workers to gain more skills to meet emerging professional challenges.
Improvement in development of talent, self-confidence and purpose is one sure way to motivate employees, motivation speaker Doreen Kanyesigye Kisakye argues. She says employee productivity is a function of both ability and motivation.
“Motivated employees are without a doubt more productive, creative, optimistic and expend more discretionary energy to deliver above and beyond what is required of them,” she argues.
Taking a stand
Ms Kanyesigye is a lawyer who left practice to start Mastermind Alliance under which she consults, speaks and trains.
She explains that it is important for employers to acquire soft skills which are instrumental to increasing personal productivity and consequently the profitability of an institution.
Ms Kanyesigye cites time management as one way to increase the productivity an entire institution.
She adds: “The other soft skill is living a life of integrity. Reports state that the Ministry of Public Service has lost up to shs340 billion to ghost pensioners!
“Imagine the developmental impact such funds would have had on the institution and our society if the people responsible had been sold on the concept of integrity.”
The other benefit is creativity, and she states that rather than wait for government to create more jobs, the challenge of youth unemployment can be addressed by teaching people how to tap into their creative faculties thus creating their own jobs.
But most of all personal development will help you understand yourself better thus enabling you discover your life’s purpose; the result is a society that is composed of people living in their element, people who are passionate about their work and needless to say higher levels of productivity and innovation.
In the job market it is common for people to think that to get a job it is necessary to know some or those without jobs who think they are victims of circumstance.
Kanyesigye has come across many of such scenarios and says that through personal development one will be able to begin to realize that they are not a victim of circumstances.
She further elaborates, “It does not matter how dire anyone’s circumstances, by exposing yourself to personal development, you unlock your mind to help you find a way out; this is what we call the responsibility ethic.
If you’re in debt for instance, it won’t do you any good to blame the stock market, your upbringing, unfavorable government or company policies for your situation.”