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Getting the fundamentals of management training right

Posted by Steve Read on September 13, 2011

I had one of those ‘what do you do for a living?’ conversations yesterday, and it got me thinking.  The person I was talking to has a job which fascinates me.  He is a carpenter by trade, and runs a building company.  He enjoys his time by letting his creative juices flow to create wonderful living spaces in other people’s homes.  That sounds great to me. But then the grass is always greener on the other side, and I expect bad weather, sub-contractor relationships and dwindling customer budgets create their own unique challenges.  In return, we talked about what I do - management and leadership development training programmes.  My carpenter friend has been on many of these during his career, and it fascinated me when he said how little he had enjoyed the process.

 If this is the case, then my colleagues in my profession have been letting the side down.  We need participants to leave leadership and management training inspired and enthusiastic about their role in developing people. 

‘No offence” said the carpenter.  “I expect you are very good at what you do”.  Now of course I want him to come on one of our programmes so he can have a different experience: to really value the process and to come away with practical tools and techniques he is keen to try.

 Leadership and management development can only improve in an organisation when the individuals in senior positions are the flag carriers, and they engage with development specialists who can help put the fire in the belly of their people. Come and see what we are about on 22nd September in Cambridge at The Fundamentals of People Management Workshop. To book a place call us on 01223 691 621.

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