When we released the new learning plan feature of ATD’s Talent Development Capability Model self-assessment, I was excited to try it out. Maybe this is a testament to how boring my life is during the pandemic, but the new feature is terrific. It can help any talent development professional, at any stage of their career, continue to develop. After all, lifelong learning is a key capability in the field.
If you haven’t seen the Talent Development Capability Model site or taken the new self-assessment, make some time to complete it. The self-assessment enables you to rate your proficiency on the skills and knowledge included in the new Capability Model. To complete the assessment, log in to your td.org account and go to td.org/capability-model and click “Access the Model.” You do not need to be an ATD member to access this feature, but you must have a profile so your assessment and plan can be saved.
Once you reach the interactive model, select the “My Assessment” tab at the top of the page. Evaluate yourself on all three domains (personal, professional, and organizational) by highlighting the relevant area on the model graphic. Choose the domain you wish to assess yourself against then select each capability to rate your competency on the statements listed.
The self-assessment is on a five-point scale from least to most proficient. Be honest with yourself. This is for your own personal and professional development, so it’s important to reflect on your skills and knowledge and embrace a growth mindset. If you don’t have time to complete it in one sitting, it will automatically save for later. However, 30 minutes should be more than enough time to finish it.
Once you have completed your self-assessment, you may view your overall results by selecting the “My Report” tab to see how you rate overall for each domain. Scroll a bit further down the page and you will see all capabilities ranked from the highest to lowest score. To see more detail on a specific topic, including general learning resources, click on the underlined name of the capability.
In the example below, I chose the CPTD path to see where my knowledge fell short. [NOTE: The proficiency score does not predict how well you will do on the exam, merely how familiar you are with the skills and knowledge covered.]
To date, more than 6,500 talent development professionals have taken the self-assessment. The participating TD professionals rated themselves most highly on lifelong learning, training delivery and facilitation, communication, emotional intelligence and decision making, and project management. The capabilities with the lowest ratings thus far are data and analytics, change management, technology application, knowledge management, and talent strategy and management. How do you stack up?
For more information and a demonstration of the new learning plan feature, view our recent webcast webcasts.td.org/webinar/3614.