It seems like no matter the size of the company, you will hear people complaining, “our training here stinks…oh wait, what training”. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule where training is seemingly over-the-top. However, even at these places you’ll hear people saying, “why are they teaching us this…it’s such a waste of time”.
Trust me, I’ve worked in both of these environments! There is no such thing as a perfect training program!
With all that being said, I do believe training is important & necessary. I just don’t think you can count on your company to provide all of your professional growth.
So what’s a self respecting, growth seeking, rather intelligent, individual like yourself to do?
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 12:15 ESV
I love this proverb! I’ll take it even further by saying a wise man should seek out advice. Here’s another one along the same line:
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
I’m sure you see what I’m getting at here…especially since you are reading this post; I already know that you are seeking out wise counsel. 😉
Seriously though, this should be at the cornerstone of your career! Personal development can come from experiences, but seeking out those experiences and people that will force you to grow is vital to keeping YOU from becoming stale & tired.
Professional Development Ideas Outside Your Company:
- Make a list of things you feel you are important to your career success. Write them down!
- Go to a conference. Leadership, motivational, sales, etc. Come on, just do it!
- Read a book on something you are not good at, but would like to be. (Heck, read three).
- Attend a online webinar. These are often an inexpensive and convenient way to get good content.
- Hire a coach. Don’t be scared, just look for one related your list and reach out to them. They won’t bite.
- Go take a DiSC profile. Dave Ramsey has a rather inexpensive one and so does Dan Miller over at 48 Days.
The bottom line here is that there are many ways to seek wise counsel, but if you are just waiting or even worse complaining about the fact that your company isn’t cutting the training mustard, you may want to reconsider your position.
Your personal and professional growth lies in your own hands. What are you waiting for?
Question: How are you seeking wise counsel in your career?