So face it, you are going to need training sooner or later. Maybe for you, maybe for your team. Life-long learning just to cope and keep from being overwhelmed or falling behind has become fact of life.
But nobody really wants to go to training. In an ideal world we would take the red pill and the scales would fall instantly away from our eyes. Unfortunately, instant enlightenment only exists in the movie domain, minds of marketing types, and self-help books. Real learning takes personal effort. This is why we should always question —
Becoming a leader requires new behavioral skills
Then you have to explore whether those skills are going to make a useful difference. Unfortunately many organizations mandate certain trainings for their own mindless purposes rather than tying it to what is really important in the lives of the workers and managers who they mandate it to.
This is why I refuse to design or deliver training unless I can clearly articulate how it is going to make a difference for your organization and your individual participant’s behavior. Knowledge is useless unless it can make a difference.
If you or someone on your team is making the transition from technical specialist, scientist, or engineer to team leadership, then you could benefit by learning the cognitive and behavioral skills that underlie successful leadership and management. Like engineering, math, and science these are just other concrete skills. But they are in a different domain and can be complex to learn. I can help.
Some things leaders like you might need to learn:
- How to assign work so that subordinates partner with you and engage fully.
- The structure of trust and the behavioral process that engenders it.
- How to effectively negotiate an agreement that holds water.
- How to clarify communication so that you don’t end up with problems later on.
- How to recognize when a problem person has hidden agendas and how to deal with them.
- The structure of influence and the patterns of language that cause people to follow your direction.
- How to deal with people who don’t like you or won’t work with you appropriately.
- How to champion your ideas so that they get adopted by management above.
- How to protect your team from capricious whims of upper management.
- How to provide coaching and deliver both corrective feedback and positive reinforcement to get the behaviors you need from your people.
- How to enroll others in your vision and programs.
To discover more about how effective instructional design can make a difference for you and the leadership of your organization contact me at 512-507-5464.
To learn more about the Instructional Design process I use check out this article….