Ever had one of those days when Lady Luck seems to be smiling at you?
Well, yesterday, not only was she smiling at me, she was positively laughing in my direction. I only wish I’d bought a lottery ticket.
The thing is, dear old Lady Luck shouldn’t have had to even glance in my direction if I’d taken the trouble to teach myself how my new ‘phone worked.
Yes, it’s the age old issue about whose responsibility development actually is and there’s only one true answer. The only person responsible for your development is you… no-one else can do it for you. So, as a trainer, when faced with the delegate who sits at the back with their arms folded, head down, glowering from underneath their eyebrows who says ‘I’m here, now train me’ the only response should be ‘don’t let the door hit your backside on the way out..!’
But then there’s also the responsibility to take time to learn new things, like I should have taken the trouble to do… I just couldn’t bring myself to do it!
So, to my situation…
I moved from an I-phone to a Blackberry (I have to say I’ve moved back pretty sharpish) and I didn’t read the instruction book; I am a bloke, after all.
I had to be up at 6.15 yesterday morning to get the 7.10 train. I didn’t set the alarm correctly on my new ‘phone and, as a result, it didn’t go off. But Lady Luck looked in my direction, took sympathy, and rolled over to nudge me awake just five minutes late. I made the train with no further dramas.
I was back at my desk in the afternoon by about 4. My mobile rang a couple of minutes later and it was a guy apologising for not being able to make the training session I was running between 5.30 and 8.30!
O… M… G… (as my daughter would say. I think it stands for Oh My Goodness!)
‘Never mind,’ said I in my calmest voice, before putting the ‘phone down and going to pieces so fast people got hit by shrapnel.
I had put the session in my diary (also on my new ‘phone) but had done something wrong so it hadn’t saved and I was blissfully unaware that I had a training session to run for 20 people!
But LL had smiled on me again and I was able to pull everything together (the presentation was already prepared) and get to the venue in time (and before anyone else got there so they didn’t even see the perspiration).
I put myself under so much pressure, just because I hadn’t taken the responsibility to develop myself.
As employers, it is not our responsibility to develop anyone… it is our responsibility to create the environment in which our people (including us) choose to develop themselves.