Training and education do not have the power to fundamentally change behaviors and culture. While they are important components in driving the recognition that change must occur, and the skills needed to make the change, they are not the drivers of change.
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Athletes understand the importance of regular practice, so why don’t today’s businesses? There’s little difference between the need for rigorous practice by a team of athletes and the need for rigorous practice by a team of executives and employees.
There are a lot of similarities between building a business and building a high-impact learning organization. Here are a few lessons that you can apply to lead learning effectively in your company.
Build your learning tribe. Seek to be around people who are smarter than you. Social learning is one of the best ways to stay on top of your game. Take advantage of every interaction with other workplace learning professionals.
Be a lifelong learner (demonstrate and live your passion for learning). Be a model for others, and plan dedicated time to grow your knowledge and gain new L&D skills.
Having sound wisdom from someone who has walked in your shoes and who can offer fresh, experienced perspective is key to aligning your career goals with your passion. For this reason, I choose to be that person for others.
Although my daily routine has changed from being in a room full of energized and hungry students and athletes, my routine today is similar when you consider that it involves teaching, mentoring, coaching and leading “big kids”!
You have impact that goes up, down and laterally throughout your organization. What you do has a ripple effect. You are influential, and you should use your influence to make an impact.
Keep in mind that it’s called a career path, not a career destination. We are always growing and changing, and it’s powerful to understand that we are in control of the direction we take today to set ourselves up for success tomorrow.
Because of the similarities between the CPTM and project management certification, CPTMs (and future CPTMs) could benefit from pursuing project management certification as well.