Leaders: How’s Your PDP Going?

September 23, 2019
Executive Coaching

Do you have a plan for your own personal growth for the year? Let’s call it a PDP (Personal Development Plan).  This should be something that you do on your own— even if your organization doesn’t have a system for this.

If you are an entrepreneur, then it’s even more important. It could be the things that help you achieved your desired results for not only the year you’re in— but way down the road.

This exercise is good for the beginning of the year, but just in case you don’t have that type of plan, why not start thinking about it now so that you are prepared for next year?

No matter what position you hold in your organization, you should see yourself as a “life-long learner”. It’s the only way you’ll be able to keep up with what’s going on in your field.

COMPONENTS FOR YOUR PDP (Personal Development Plan)

Keep in mind that your budget may dictate that you can’t do all of the things listed, but you can certainly do as many as possible so that the “you” of tomorrow is different than the “you” of today.

  1. Seminars Outside the Company:
  2. Seminars Inside the Company:
  3. Webinars Series You Enroll in:
  4. Specific Webinars You Will Watch:
  5. Books You Will Read:
  6. Periodicals You Will Subscribe to:
  7. Contacts Outside Your Organization to Keep You “In the Know”:
  8. Contacts in Other Departments Who Keep You “In the Know”:
  9. Mentors You Have:
  10. New Mentors You Should Start a Program with:

At the end of a year, make a list of all you’ve learned from the areas listed above. You will begin to see how valuable being a “life-long learner” is.

A client of mine once said that “knowledge is currency that builds into substantial wealth.”

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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