Updating personal skills is a great way of kickstarting the new year

At the beginning of the year, it’s always good to assess your personal skills levels and to see if there is anything you need to improve upon or learn anew to keep you fresh and to equip you for specific challenges you will encounter on your business journey ahead. So why not take some time to look at your business action plan for 2017, look at each of your goals, and then assess really honestly if you need to enhance your knowledge or expertise through some focused training and development. Remember, it doesn’t always need to be a formal development programme - sometimes it can be doing some research on a key skills area, reading books or online training manuals to address a specific area of weakness, or taking an online development programme. Whatever approach you take, it’s always good to keep refreshing your skills and staying on top of the latest thinking and ways of doing things.