Has CPD evolved to Constant Professional Engagement?

Has CPD evolved to Constant Professional Engagement?


What is interesting that over the last number
of years, but particularly hotted up in probably the last 2 or 3 years is the there has been
a major shift in the way the individuals and maintain and grow there skills and know for
themselves and in their organization. Before we had a model, which is called continuous
professional development. It involved trying to measure the various types of thing that
you did to make you better at your job. Sometimes you were sent away for courses and got a certificate.
Sometime you would put together a professional development plan and try and follow it through.
and then try and dream up examples of how you finished it at the end of the year. This have move now to something I have rename
to Constant Professional Engagement. Constant Professional Engagement (CPE rather than CPD)
is what professional in their market places now do. They are constantly engage with other
professional in their market place. They are discussing thing theyíre exchanging ideas,
theyíre researching thing but in a very micro way. Theyíre LinkedIn, theyíre on Facebook,
theyíre in conversations, theyíre picking up feeds from different website and different
areas. So although each one of these in itself are quite small it build into a on going body
of knowledge. The analogy I used if you imagine a tennis
ball with lots of little bits of fluff flying at the tennis ball. Your not adding great
big lumps of cotton wool, you adding lots of little bits but slowly this tennis ball
is growing and growing and growing. Ant this is now how people are engaging with their
profession and with their own professional development. Their adding it tiny bit by tiny
bit, and this is something that individuals need to get a hold of and find out where theyíre
getting their information from. This is something organisation need to start to learn how to
capture and structure and work out how to find the best bits and get rid of the bad
bits. Because inside all that fluff is going to
be lots of white fluff and they is going to be a little bit of red fluff, and black fluff
and blue fluff. You donít want the coloured fluff in there because that is not going to
be quite right or doesnít quite fit. So the challenge is as an organization going forward,
how do they deal with this constant professional engagement? How do you as a professional now
structure your engagement network? Because it is all about that. So really, the big idea
is a very simple idea. Donít think about continuous professional development, it little
bit to structured. Think about constant professional engagement, how you work with other people
(not just your own organization but others). And how are you assembling your on going body
of knowledge that makes you competent at what you do. The two important bits are the constant and
the engagement. The engagement is all the time. We talk about phones being on all the
time, talk about email, we doing this all the time. Itís become normal; couples sit
on the sofa and email each other or text each other. And this has become quite normal. You
will notice when you see children or teenagers that donít chat to each other in face-to-face.
They chat to each other on little messages. And when you expand that concept and idea
out into the engagement around professions you got exactly the same thing. If you look
at some of the reactive forums around particular topics and subjects say on linked In what
you got is a very high level of cross-ceptual discussion around specific issues and problems. They are talking to and engaging with members
of their profession all the time, or listening just watching what is going on and picking
ideas and comments from their peer-to-peer network, from other people who have got similar
problems. So the key issue is it is still professional but it is constant engagement
now, you touching it all the time. Your not going to work, doing your work, going home
and doing something else. This does not really happen anymore more. That as human beings
means we are becoming our jobs much more. So learning is work, working is learning,
those two have now combined together. That changes the way we think about how you enhance
that skills in your organization. And importantly how you are going to enhance you own skill.
So where are you going to go? Which website? Which commentators? Who are you going to follow?
Who do you like? How do you not like? In a Facebook kind of way.

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