Do-it-yourself Professional Development - Sally Migliore, Philanthropy Journal
Familiar with the expression, "No one person can fulfill all your needs?"
In the nonprofit world, it would be appropriate to change that slightly to: "No one employer can fulfill all your professional-development needs."
For nonprofits, particularly in this economy, it's not likely that money is available for professional development or, if it is, it's very limited.
Yet we know it's essential to invest in staff members who are the cornerstone of effective programs in our communities.
The responsibility for professional development is a shared one.
The role of an executive director is to promote a culture that supports employees' growth, while the responsibility of the employee is to take initiative in creating a plan for how he or she can acquire new knowledge and skills.
Professional development isn't an add-on; it's a core part of doing one's job well and with energy and enthusiasm for continued learning and performance.
So, I'd like to propose how nonprofit staff might go about creating a do-it-yourself professional-development plan.