Saturday, 12 May 2018

Incomplete Development Plans (IDP)..


U.S. President Harry Truman had a desk signage saying ‘Buck stops here’ to indicate that he didn’t 'pass the buck' to anyone else but accepted personal responsibility for the way the country was governed.  

However, in the Corporate world, what amuses me is that the buck doesn’t stop with the employee when it comes to Individual Development Plan (IDP), even when it is for his/her own benefit! It is often observed that employees and other stakeholders keep passing on the buck to each other.

IDP tracking is seen as an overhead in the face of business deliverables. The Excel sheets don’t help either! And if at all the IDP tracking ability exists in the HRMS or LMS, it’s too complex for anyone to use.

The IDP ends up like a medical prescription or a diet-plan which is never followed or tracked. 70% of the IDPs never reach a logical conclusion.

Often we buy gym memberships but hardly end up going. To get over this syndrome, people have started calling the gym or yoga instructors home. Having the instructor turn up literally at the doorstep and his constant nudging, puts moral as well as obligatory pressure on us to make sure the work out happens. 

Similarly, organisations conduct Trainings, Assessment Centres, leadership development with a lot of rigor and excitement but often the Individual Development Plans (IDPs) don't go to a logical conclusion. There’s always a burning customer problem to be solved or there are targets to be hit. So the participants either end up prioritizing their daily jobs or lack the intrinsic motivation to develop themselves.

In our experience, developmental journeys that have been co created keeping in mind the work culture and employee first are the ones that reap the benefits most. When personal benefit becomes evident, people get motivated.

Would you be interested in a development program based on the above philosophy?

Do let me know. My colleagues and I would love to chat more. I am available at +91-9223268309 or can be reached at