Exercise Your Skills


At this time of year many people are focused on their New Year’s Resolutions, and the top two are usually “Diet” and “Exercise.”  They remain the top because we often don’t stick with them long and by the end of the year we are in worse shape than we are now.

So with this particular resolution in mind, I would like to suggest that we in the learning profession would be wise to acknowledge that when it comes to exercising in general, many give up on this activity way beyond the gym environment.

Our role in training is often to create learning environments, and energy around keeping our skills current and in shape.  I am calling this exercising our skills.

In some of us we are in great shape, and just need a place to stay current and have access to information when needed.

In others of us, we are inspired to learn, but may not be focused on the best activities so we are not achieving our desired results.

Then there are those of us that are pretty much starting from scratch.  We look at our learning path and it goes straight up, and the task of completing everything looks overwhelming.  We don’t know how to access courses, or navigate the equipment / technology to complete training.

As learning leaders we are supposed to be like the physical trainers at the gym.  We know what is available, and how it should be applied to each of our employees needs.  We need to demonstrate through personal application, and walk our talk.  No one is too impressed with an overweight personal trainer at the gym anymore than they are with a corporate trainer that can’t access a simple online class.

So while making your list of New Year’s Resolutions, please consider adding “Exercise Your Skills” to the list.  Make it a point to create a learning development plan for yourself and your staff.  Engage with the training department and let’s make 2013 the year we all get into better shape.

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