The Purpose of Professional Development

A successful employee experience equals a successful student experience.  Carleton University’s Professional Development Process (PDP) supports that by defining expectations, align individual objectives with the University’s strategic objectives, as outlined in the Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP)  and to serve as a talent management tool.

The PDP promotes employees working together to achieve their full potential in their jobs. It also provides a tool to document objectives, capture feedback and inform career development discussions.

The purpose of giving feedback should be to begin a dialogue so both parties come to greater shared understanding, where, as a starting point you communicate:

  • Your understanding/interpretation of a situation or circumstances
  • Your expectations
  • Your appreciation (if appropriate)

The purpose of giving feedback to someone is to change them. That’s not something you can do as a manager or peer; only the person themselves can initiate change.

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