Reasons Why Leadership Development Is Important To Your Organization
Go to Barnes & Noble (either in person or virtually) and scan what books are showing up in the Training / Instructional Design field. It is always good to know about the references, especially if you are called to do a project and you can locate some good resources for current projects.
The truly pricey SMEs are frequently way busy to turn up at a session or meeting. That's not a roadblock for us. Being designers we find the source content and move ahead in any case. We seek junior SMEs to help us in our venture. The research is done by us after all, understanding the content is the ground rule for an Instructional Design.
In my technical writing world, I get paid to think about these things. I must stay on top of Instructional Design trends, write to suit my audience rather than myself, and ensure that my copy is error-free both technically and grammatically. Often, I must check my ego at the door and conform to writing styles with which I don't agree. Why? I must please my customers. It's my job. There are times in life when we all must conform and comply to rules we don't like. Sometimes, however, you just have to stand up for what you believe. For me, it's a strongly held belief that the exclamation point is a dangerous grammar tool that should be used sparingly and with caution.
I have been trying several different ways to re-invent myself over the past several months. This has been a very interesting journey as I am listening to all kinds of people who state in very convincing terms that they have found the way to a new life for me. Every one of them have fallen short of showing me the way that really gets me excited and filled with hope.
Are you so future focused that you forget to look back at what you've done and give yourself an A for effort? It's important to know where you're going, but equally critical to know where you've been. One of the best ways to measure progress towards your goals is to write down important things you've tackled in the recent past.
Second, you must acknowledge the importance of trust. Without trust, everything takes much longer to do and to communicate and the results will always be less than satisfactory. When it comes to trust, the secret to earning people's trust is by trusting them. People follow the behaviors of others more than their words and so if you trust other people you are giving them the perfect example and incentive to trust you in return.
First, the industry done part-time or full-time is great. However, you will never build a passive residual income with no time. Does that make sense? It does to me. Second, most Training Instructional leadership are secret agents. They don't tell anyone about their business opportunity. The reason I know this is that I have sponsored very good friends of consultants throughout the years. I didn't know that the person that I sponsored was a good friend of a consultant that was already in my business. The consultant was not aware that their friend was in my business either. Don't be a secret agent!
Several years ago I participated in a Leadership Development course with 20 other up and coming leaders. We were lead by two instructors who guided us over a 6 month period to explore our potential as leaders. The course required that we pick a project that we would find challenging and that would provide us an opportunity to use our leadership skills. I was in a unique position that in my job at that time I had no projects on the go so I chose to make myself the project.
The people that change things and make things happen, or that inspire others to move forward rarely do so because they mandate that their ideas or status to the people they connect with. They inspire and spark transformation through their passion for their company, idea, product, project, etc...That's because passion is contagious. Having a well positioned brand opens the door to a place of influence and impact. If you can't get genuinely excited about what you are doing, how do can you expect to have lasting impact and meaningful influence with people and in situations.
Now you have to picture Gomer Pyle suddenly interrupting this article and saying, "SURPRISE, SURPRISE" because a few days later, THAT consultant picked up her phone and called me to see if I wanted to host a show and get the stair basket at my home show. I agreed. And might I add, that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between me and one of the best direct sales Training Instructional leadership I've ever met.
After the furniture is in place you are ready to dress the wall or walls with just the right artsy touch. Select a picture that goes with your theme or has a touch of the wall color in it to really bring out the room. Here are the last elements you may wish to add: a plant or tree (fake, if you are like me), a table waterfall or fountain, or floor fountain, or zen garden, and scented candles.
Some time ago I participated in an intensive Leadership Development program. In this program, the key element responsible for my growth as a leader was the feedback they built into the experience. I didn't always receive it gracefully, but it changed my life.