What comes to mind when someone mentions training? If you are like most people you probably envision another wasted 4 hours meeting in a dreary conference room. Or if you get lucky, one of those on-line webinars where you can multi-task. Most people I know dread anytime they have to attend a training session. The same ol’ questions come up; Why do we have to do this? What’s in it for me? Do you think there will be donuts?
Is training really necessary?
Any sports champion will attest to training being a must when it comes to success. If an athlete doesn’t train effectively to sharpen skills (both physical and mental) they are not as successful as they could be. They need to be committed to the process, the regiment, and the discipline of doing whatever it takes to ensure success.
Just as an athlete trains to become a champion, so should you as a business professional. Training is essential as it is an investment in a valuable commodity that produces high returns (a.ka. You). Training is one of the chief methods of maintaining and improving intellectual capital and as a business person you should be committed to continuous training.
Industry experts will tell you that training enhances a workers level of skills. (Duh) That it provides a sense of satisfaction. That training increases efficiencies in processes and increases capacity to adopt new technologies and methods. All of which are important in a group setting. However, training isn’t a one-time event. Success in training involves an individual commitment to continuous learning over the long-term.
So what are you doing to prepare yourself for success?
Do you have an individual training regimen as part of your success plan?
Have you identified the skills you need to ensure your current and future success?
Vince Lombardi is quoted with saying; “The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary.” Success takes planning and preparation and it’s hard work. Training, whether in a group setting or done individually , requires a commitment and an attitude of continuous improvement. Make the commitment to making training an important part of your process. Who knows, their just might be donuts!
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