Welcome YL’s newest TLA (Three Letter Acronym)
We do love our TLA's in YL. I’m sure you can think of a few right now. Today, we want to focus on one really important TLA: IDP.
“The IDP, or individual development plan, is a tool to assist employees in career and personal development. Its primary purpose is to help employees reach short and long-term career goals, as well as improve current job performance. An IDP is not a performance evaluation tool or a one-time activity.”
This amazing tool (which comes in many shapes and forms, ours is at the link at the end of this article) is for you, me, and every person that works for YL. It’s a simple, structured way to think about your development as a person and an employee of YL. It will make all of us better servants of the Kingdom.
More Clarity Around The IDP:
- The IDP is not your set of goals for the year. It is focused on your personal and professional development.
- You are responsible for developing your IDP. Hopefully you will discuss this on a regular basis (3 or 4 times a year) with your supervisor, but it really grows out of your particular desires for growth as a staff person.
- It is a tool that will help you get clearer about what your gifts are and what you are really passionate about.
- It is to be used regularly! It is simple, one page, and made for efficiency. You can add as much to it as you want but it is great ast is: 4 simple (and rich) questions.
Experience is a great teacher... IF you learn from it. Similarly, the IDP will be a great tool... IF you use it. JUST GET STARTED! Right now follow these links (or put it in your schedule to do):
Look at the IDP, find some time to fill it out, and then schedule a time to go over it with your supervisor. This conversation could help decide your next YL training, camp assignment, or even ministry assignment. You can also get input from a mentor, your committee chair, or anyone who knows and cares about you. Now put “review IDP” in your schedule every four months. You’re on your way. You’ll never regret it! This is one of the best investments you can make, in yourself, in Young Life, and the Kingdom.
Written by: John Evans