Personal Development 1

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Henley MBA Programme

PD1 Assignment

DERRICK HERBST Student ID: 21034113 Word count: 1584 Date: 14 July 2013

Introduction Self-awareness reflection 1. 2. 3. 4. Plan 1. 2. 3. Impact of stage 1 assignments in my career Overcoming barriers Plan for development Personal development reflection Key learning moment Implications that followed Professional development reflection 1 1 1 1 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6

Conclusion Bibliography

Table of figures
Figure 1 - Atkins and Murphy model of reflection on my personal life Figure 2 - Three levels of change model for my professional life 2 3


“Any effective system for management development must increase the person‟s capacity and willingness to take control
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Setting Goals
•Learn business skills, including financial management, HR management, project management and marketing. •Increase managerial skills.

Making Things Happen • New Context:

‘Taking Stock’
• Context:

• Role:
•Engineering Manager

• New Role:
•Technical Director

• Competence:
•Technical and Analytical Skills

• New Skills:
•Involved with full product development lifecycle •Business skills

Review and reflection

Figure 2 - Three levels of change model for my professional life

Derrick Herbst – 21034113 30 June 2013

Personal Development 1 Assignment Page 3

In my role as the engineering manager at PolyComp, I use my technical and analytical skills to solve problems on a daily basis. In this position, I have identified certain shortcomings in the daily operations of PolyComp. I believe that my influence on a senior level will assist PolyComp to become an efficient and cost effective business.

With this in mind, I have made it my personal goal to become the technical director of PolyComp within the next five years. In this position I will be responsible for the entire product development lifecycle. Typical phases of a product include: market research, financial planning, human resources and project management as well as the marketing aspect. I acknowledge that the technical department is very important in the company, and I will have to employ


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