KEY PRINCIPLES

 

All Development Mines are built on the following key principles:

 

GREAT  PEOPLE  MAKE A GREAT  DIFFERENCE

The greatest opportunity for increasing performance and effectiveness is to develop strengths. Strengths are defined as key skills and competencies that others perceive to be great and make a positive difference to performance. So from a development perspective, that generally means focusing on what you are already good at and developing it into something you are great at. It will ensure the greatest return for the least amount of effort. In contrast, building development around weaknesses typically requires a lot of effort for little gain - it is just plain hard work. So unless an area is so profoundly weak that it is creating significant problems, focus attention on becoming great in an area – it’s easier, more sustainable and highly effective.

 

TURN ENERGY INTO IMPACT

However just focusing on what you are currently good at isn’t always the best option for development. Just because you are good at something doesn’t always mean you want to spend time developing it. So think about the areas that you have energy for and turn them into something great.  The Development Mine has a Strengths Survey to help you to identify the areas where you have the greatest energy.

 

THE RICHEST  DEVELOPMENT HAPPENS WITHIN A JOB

The richest development opportunities don’t sit outside a job, but within it. Every person has multiple opportunities to implement, practice, make mistakes, try new things and reflect on performance within their current work. Therefore the greatest scope for development activities is to be mined within your role and day-to-day work, not by attending an external development programme.

 

DEVELOPMENT IS ABOUT SMALL CHANGES EVERY DAY

Development doesn’t happen as a one-off event and we don’t typically develop new skills after a two day course. Instead, it occurs incrementally, every day we try something new. So in many situations the pathway to becoming great at something is to try doing things differently, each day, with those around you.

 

Small shifts in behaviour make a big difference. Often minor changes or doing one or two things differently will create a big impact or several small changes will collectively result in a big difference.

 

LINK DEVELOPMENT TO RESULTS

Development that doesn’t help you to perform better and deliver results, is generally an indulgent waste of effort. So we recommend that you think about what you have to deliver over the next 12 months, how your strengths can support that delivery and then build a development plan to reflect your activity.

 

 

THE DEVELOPMENT MINE PHILOSPHY

 

Know what energises you

Link it to delivery of results

Practice until you become great