Mentorship is a great form of training. In my new role, I am mentored by a business owner with years of expertise. We discussed the importance of training good leadership. We disused invaluable free training designed to help grow individuals and organizations. In my training, I noticed three things that I was amazed to learn about training. These three keys are such that I was thankful to get them as I grew in my own efforts.
Training Is Key: Especially When It Is Free
“I don’t fly, so I’m going to skip on this free training.” Was what a leader said when they were in a stagnant environment. I was amazed by this statement. Let me be clear, the training was such that the following was paid for:
- Facility for training amp; Hotel Accommodations
- Funds on a per diem basis above and beyond salary
I don’t know many that would turn that deal down, but leadership in this case did turn down the training. Leadership felt that it had too many important things to do that to learn how to do what they do better. If leadership doesn’t value free training it is very unlikely the organization will grow. I read someone say it best “Chickens’ don’t fly but eagles do.”
Training is Key: Law of the Lid
John Maxwell author of 21 irrefutable laws of leadership has a tenet called the law of the lid. The Law of the Lid in essence, stated that your team can not grow to a levelsuperior to its leadership. Training is a key if you want your team to grow and thereby grow your productivity. Regardless of what level you can produce, you can exponentially increase production if you recognized the Law of the Lid and work to improve your leadership.
Training is Key: Fresh Communication
When you consider the best conversation you had with your best friend 10 years ago. Now, if you consider this person your best friend and you do not talk to them again for 10 years. If you start the conversation up again without consideration of the 10 year gap you are either naive or foolish. Regardless, you have not worked or managed the relationship well enough to truly still consider this person your best friend. Improved communication comes from practice and training. You cannot expect growth If you keep communicating the same message for 10 years or limit communication. Training is a key for effective, clear and fresh communication skills.