May Chapter Meeting

  • 05/15/2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Rothchild Catering & Conference Center; 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville


  • ASTD Smoky Mountain Chapter Members (includes lunch)
  • Non-members of ASTD Smoky Mountain Chapter (includes lunch)
  • Current students of any educational institution (includes lunch)

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The Wisdom and Tragedy of Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) have long been the trellis beneath which we plant the future with our employees, providing a framework to help them achieve professional growth. And then what? Once the document is complete, how do we ensure that the plan is carried out? Is it the employee's responsibility to follow-up, or is it yours? And more importantly, should we have even created a plan in the first place? In this compelling session, we'll discuss the wisdom that supports a great IDP and the tragedy that occurs when plans are created for employees who don't need them. Finally, some great examples of solid IDP templates will be shared.

Key Learning Objectives

Participants will:
  • Discuss the reasons to create Individual Development Plans...or not!
  • Discover the elements of a solid IDP.
  • Review best practices for planning and documentation.
Join Linda Blocksom for this information session. Linda joined the University of Tennessee in June 2014 as a Trainer and Management Specialist. Having recently moved here from the Midwest, Linda was previously the Training Director for the State of Minnesota. In her role there, she was responsible for the state's centralized training function, which provided numerous courses and programs in leadership and team development, communication skills, work styles and conflict management, and various other professional development topics. Prior to her tenure with the state of Minnesota, Linda was the Manager of Client and Counseling Services at the University of Minnesota, Office of Student Financial Aid. Linda holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is a certified consultant in numerous tools that assess work style preferences, communication and leadership styles, and capacity for innovation.

Networking and lunch will be available, starting at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins promptly at noon. Let us know of any dietary restrictions upon check-in at the registration desk.

Cancellation requests/refunds will be honored within 48 hours notice if paid in advance. Payment will be due for no-shows.

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