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What is your relationship with training?

How invested are you in your personal and professional development? Your physical and your mental development?

In my line of work I come across various attitudes towards training. Some folks enter courses with a negative attitude, thinking they know what is going to be delivered.

Others are hungry for development and will contribute and participate, entering sessions and learning with an open mind and appreciating the opportunity.

Some can feel it’s an absolute waste of time, taking them away from valuable productivity time – especially if they’re already time poor.

People who are committed to their ongoing learning usually thrive on opportunities.

Sometimes it’s simply a box ticking exercise. A poorly delivered course for compliance’s sake. Other times there are absolute gems that can tweak your leadership or performance in a profound, positive way.

My advice is to make sure you’re really clear as a participant what the learning objectives are of courses you’re attending. Or if it’s compliance related, learn as much as you possibly can.

And the key point?


Training, learning, development – they’re all nothing without implementation.

One thing companies greatly miss is providing people with the opportunity – the time and space – to consolidate their leaning back in the workplace.

If you’re attending a course because you want to and not because you have to, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t adopt your learnings into your life.

What do you think?

I’d love to hear about what training resonates with your learning styles!


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