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A Professional Action Plan Example

In all of it’s glory, I’ve provided an example of a professional action plan that illustrates the previous three posts:

I apologize for the look of this action plan as my skills with WordPress are still evolving, and cutting and pasting tables wasn’t working too well for me.

There is one additional column that I like to use in my action plans that I couldn’t fit into the tables below due to width of this post. This column is called “Potential Business Impact”, and is used to help define the business impact if each goal is achieved or if it is not achieved. Although this is not typical of most action plans, it does help to connect the goals of the individual to the goals of the organization.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN

Name: ___________________________________________

Position:_________________________________________

Briefly summarize the 360/other strength and gap feedback you’ve received:

Identify 1-3 Competencies you will work on (from your 360?° results):

Finding balance in delegation: what I must do vs. what is appropriate for my staff to do

Managing Up, Across differing Business Units across Acme

Goals: Identify 1-3 goals that you are most passionate about working on.

Measures: How will each goal be measured (can be quantitative or qualitative)?

Target Date: Set a target date for each goal.


Achieve Delegation Balance


  • Feedback/Input received from my Manager & Coach
  • Specific delegation examples/projects listed, considered and delegated
  • Philosophical change in my expression (negative) of delegation
  • Time becomes available to do higher level activities ; last minute stress to complete tasks diminished


February , 1, 2009


Upward Management Skills (cross functional orgs)


  • Specific feedback obtained from direct & next-level management
  • Specific target(s) identified for me to gain exposure to in differing Business Units


June 1, 2009

Specific Actions: What action steps can you take to achieve your goals?

  1. Create a delegation philosophy to choose what elements are delegate “able”
  2. Choose 1-2 objectives with quarterly targets for top 2 management potentials
  3. Find two opportunities to promote my successes and help my area
  4. Work with a specific Business Group on an initiative to help assist my “selling up” goals


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Mary Jo Asmus
Mary Jo
A former executive in a Fortune 100 company, I own and operate a leadership solutions firm called Aspire Collaborative Services. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. I am married, have two daughters, and a dog named Edgar the Leadership Pug who exemplifies the importance of relationships to great leadership.
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