When my boss told me and her other direct reports back in 2005 that she wanted all of us to develop a personal growth plan for ourselves...............Well, I was not a happy camper.
The connotations I had always associated with growth plans were negative - a compliance document foisted upon less-than-optimally-performing subordinates. I failed to see the need for us to engage in such a meaningless waste of time. After all, we were in leadership positions, heading up divisions of a high-performing organization. WHAT??? REALLY???
We dutifully complied with the boss's wishes. That boss was my boss for only one more year. A tough boss, but a good one. She made me better.
I am now in year 12 of crafting and re-crafting my own annual growth plan. No need for a boss to push it on me. I intend to keep up the practice until they put me six feet under.
There is great power in reflecting on our performance, assessing where we need growth and improvement, and making a plan to get better, every day, on purpose. There is also great power in sharing those intentions publicly.
My current version is HERE, if you care to peruse.
What might yours look like?