I had the opportunity to have a development planning session with April to set my career goals for the year. Prep work included a self-appraisal alongside determining my top two competencies to plan to develop. In the past, development plans I have written were general, high-level, and geared toward end results. When I came to the meeting with April, at first I felt woefully unprepared, despite hours of self-assessment and research. This was a different kind of development plan; focused on the specific actions I’d be taking along the way to get me to my goal. April asked excellent questions to get to the root of my need for development, and simplified the process while encouraging me to dig deep into my daily processes and habits. This allowed me to establish a clear path forward to act immediately and consistently on my development plan, rather than simply writing something down to think about from time to time. I am already seeing progress in myself that I hadn’t thought entirely possible in such a short span of time. All because April took the time to listen, ask questions, and encourage me in my own development.