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Sustainable innovations in enterprises
Sustainable innovations in enterprises

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1.3 Personal development planning

Whether working as an entrepreneur and owner–manager of an enterprise, or as an employee, understanding your personality and those of others around you is useful because it helps you to become self-aware, to know the situations when you need to be creative and/or productive working alone or as part of a team undertaking sustainable innovations in an organisation.

These considerations will in turn enhance your career development in sustainable enterprise and innovation.

Throughout this course you are encouraged to assess your knowledge and skills in relation to your career aspirations. This is called Personal Development Planning (PDP). Activity 3 introduces the idea of diagnostic self-assessment to help you to understand your own personality as well as the personalities of others, and to evaluate your personal strengths, knowledge, skills gaps, behaviour and performance.

Activity 3: Part 1 What does personal development planning mean to you?

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

Watch this video interview in which Brian Tracy answers some interesting questions on personal development planning for entrepreneurs. Brian Tracy is an entrepreneur himself, specialising in the development and training of individuals and organisations.

While watching the video, consider the approach to personal development planning adopted by Brian Tracy. Think about whether there are any similarities or differences in your own approach to personal development planning (especially if you have experience of development planning).

Note your responses in the box below for your own future reference.

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Future leaders and enterprise managers need to be aware, and make the most of, their natural personality traits, in order to develop in their careers and to successfully manage their enterprises.

Admirable personality traits are the result of hard work, not just a gift of nature. The example of Estée Lauder, who built a cosmetics empire and became the wealthiest self-made woman in America in the process, is an example of a strong personality, an open creative mind and a self-disciplined, achievement-oriented entrepreneur.

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Figure 1 Estée Lauder, a successful entrepreneur

Next you will look at the Big Five Model.