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Personal and Professional Development


Below are some suggested options for those new to managing others – many would also be suitable for those aspiring to a management role, or to refresh their existing skills and knowledge. Ideally, engage with a combination of activities to encompass a broad approach to learning and development.

Look at the wide range of bitesize modules at PPD On Demand including:

  • Better decision making
  • How to delegate
  • Negotiation: an overview
  • Stages of problem solving
  • The employment timeline
  • Tuckman's team development model

Visit Linkedin Learning to access a wide range of video-based resources.

Consider relevant PPD face-to-face programmes such as:

  • Leadership Essentials
  • Assertiveness in action
  • Dignity at work: a guide for all staff
  • Inclusive Leadership Programme
  • Managing and developing effective teams
  • Presentation skills coaching: making an impact (one-to-one)
  • Recruitment and selection skills
  • If current dates are full, please add your name to the waiting list and/or register interest for future dates

Schedule time to complete PPD Online modules.  Key modules include:

  • Challenging Conversations
  • Communicating Assertively
  • Effective Staff Review and Development (Appraisal)
  • Equality and Diversity Essentials
  • Giving Feedback
  • Management Responsibilities
  • Understanding Implicit Bias
  • You can do these alone or with a colleague who is also looking for similar development – this gives additional opportunity for discussion and reflection.

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Other development suggestions:

  • Work with your own line manager to build on this part of your role, for example, include discussions about this part of your work in your own 1:1s so you can reflect on how it’s going and find support as necessary.
  • Work with, and learn from, other managers and colleagues to share good practice and support each other. 
  • Perhaps seek out a mentor to support with this particular part of your role – for example, in your current area or with a previous colleague.
  • Externally,  for example, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (you can register for online access without being a member) offers a range of resources and guidance for new managers and more broadly.
  • Read, browse, search for books, articles and websites that support your learning in this area.
  • Consider working towards a qualification e.g. an Apprenticeship in Leadership, more information is available on the Apprenticeships website.

Finally, stay interested in developing this part of your role. It is well recognised that if you are responsible for the work, behaviour and development of others, it is essential for your own wellbeing, and that of those in your team, to understand how you can create an environment that enables everyone to do their job well.