Why are we dwelling on this? Most of the successful white-collar workers in the past hundred years found reputable companies to work for early in life and then moved up narrow functional hierarchies while learning the art of management. This traditional career path did help people learn, but only in narrow functional spheres of influence. One had to grasp more and more knowledge about accounting or engineering, but little else. Most people believe successful 21st century careers will be more dynamic. People won’t be moving linearly through hierarchies as frequently and fewer and fewer people will be doing the same job the same way over long periods of time. To put this in practical terms, in 1980, the average individual spent 21 years working for the same company. By the year 2000, that statistic was reduced to a maximum of 7 years in any one company. Thus, we will need to be more flexible, adaptable, and master more volatile career paths to reach success. The lifelong learning plan is a mechanism for you to define your pathway to such success in the 21st century health care industry.
Please use the outline below to develop and present your plan. The limit is seven pages (plus any attachments).
Why are you doing this?
Develop a plan and specific steps to execute the plan in order to stay current with
developments and issues in both general management and health care administration.
The time horizon for this exercise is the next ten years (through 2021).
What is (or will be) the guiding management book that provides the basis for your understanding/approaches/actions as a manager?
What is (or will be) the guiding health care book that provides the basis for your understanding/approaches/actions in the health care arena?
GOALS: (Limit to 4-6 major goals)
In terms of your learning over the next 10 years, what specific things do you want to be different in this period that will help you stay current and on top of your field?
The specific things you will work on to help you achieve each goal.
The specific steps that you will take to achieve each strategy (relatively short- term actions)
How will you know if you are succeeding and achieving expected outcomes? How will you spot impending failure or the need to adjust either strategies or tactics?
Identify the general environment (e.g., information technology), professional and personal factors that will help/hinder your success with the plan?