The world is full of Kings and Queens, who blind our eyes and steal our dreams. ~ Anonymous

C • P • D

CPD is an abbreviation for Continuing Professional Development - sourcing from an accountable personal LDP - allowing individuals (i.e. learners, students and adults) to accept the responsibility to personally compile, initiate, track and report on various learning activities that they were involved with (i.e. the past), are presently involved in (i.e. the present) and plan to become involved with (i.e. the future).

CPD tracking should be done for every possible learning opportunity conceivable. Thus, tracking CPD-activities and actions aren't limited to certain “important” learning events, as degrees, diplomas or certificates. All professional development instances should be tracked and recorded. For example…

  • The learning objective: Understanding how to successfully manage my locus of control.
  • Development and Growth Needs: To efficiently master feelings of helplessness, frustration and victimization I experience.
  • Type of Activity: Indicate whether a course, certificate, diploma, degree, reading selected articles, seminar or workshop.
  • Activity Planned: Brief description and indication of the actual learning or mastering actions which WILL be conducted, such as digesting and answering questions regarding my present belief system, for instance.
  • Start Date: Commencement date.
  • Due Date: Expected date of completion.
  • End Date: Actual date of completion - i.e. “Objective Met”.
  • Status: Present status of learning action as either… Not Started, In process or Objective Met.
  • Time Spend: The difference between the start and end date.

CPD-tracking - for best results - should always be integrated with a personal PLP to “track in tandem” one's overall learning progress (CPD) as obtained, achieved or mastered through specific learning activities.

Furthermore, CPD-tracking and feedbacks will allow for responsible monitoring, evaluation and SMART correction, if and when necessary. Providing one's CPD is actually acted on or put in action (i.e. DO IT NOW!).

The above indicated the “place” and “value” of a personal CPD. But, a personal CPD - as a matter of fact - is much more than that. An individualized CPD should be compiled - in conjunction with a personal LDP and SWOT-analysis - concerning the following…

Life areas to manage (i.e. identified KPA's & KRA's) and areas of focus or concern indicated as…

  • actions and behaviors that require attention.
  • skills, abilities and competencies to address.
  • feelings and emotions to consider.
  • perceptions and mindset to deal with.
  • action models and unconscious motives to check.

Determine threatening derailing factors by identifying the main domino effect responsible for stuckness. Explore and describe the identified domino effect in terms of the “problem matrix” as follows…

  • feelings and/or emotions involved.
  • prevailing thought patterns.
  • accompanied behavior and actions (i.e. reactions).
  • skills lacking to productively deal with indicated derailments.
  • possible influences or impact of unconscious factors (i.e. environmental noise filter).

Applying identified Life GOALS (i.e. LDP) and setting specific CPD OBJECTIVES which can be transformed into a sound PLP, will eventually culminate in sought after Specialized Knowledge.