Have you ever met anyone that refuses to go to the doctor for a checkup because “they might find something wrong?” That is like saying I would rather die than learn about an illness, get treatment and be cured. This mentality sadly does exists, and I am finding that it is even more common when the check up is on their training operation.
I contact several companies a week offering a complimentary assessment of their training function, and I get zero response. Yesterday I actually got the CEO on the phone and he said, “I am not aware of any problems in training, and I want to keep it that way.”
So in other words Rest In Peace! Things might be fine and things might not, but we are going to leave things alone until the illness becomes terminal.
I wrote the book with the comparison of a human physical to illustrate quickly the process of a training physical. What I have learned though is the similarity goes much deeper. There are a lot of companies that would rather live in the dark recesses of denial that come into the light of day and learn about the health of one of their pivotal operations.
What would you recommend be done to encourage more proactive behaviors in our organizations?