Even before these unprecedented, stressful times, talent development has not been easy. In the professional space, it can be hard to let our true identities inspire how we interact with clients and employees. To truly create a good talent development team, however, one must not be afraid to show their human side and take pride in being different.
This weekend, I had a bit of car trouble that required my car to be towed from my home to a local dealership to be fixed. Nothing special, happens all the time, right? Well, not exactly. I came out of my house to greet the tow truck driver to make sure he knew where to take the car, etc. In doing so, I noticed he didn’t have a mask on but didn’t worry about it because we were distancing ourselves (6 feet) per CDC recommendations, and we were outside. As we were talking, he shared with me the consequences of masks for those with a hearing disability. He shared that he cannot always hear well and relies on reading lips to communicate.
Back in March I attended the Training Industry Inc, Future of the Workforce Conference, and had the pleasure of attending the session led by Sonia Malik @ IBM. Sonia presented on automation, the future of work, and building a skills revolution inside of IBM – her presentation was informative and very relevant for learning organizations today. If you are interested, you should check out the recording here. But I digress.
I was first introduced to the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail in my senior year of high school. A teacher of mine thought me as way too serious of humans and suggested I need to learn to have a laugh. She gave me a copy as a gift (VHS not DVD thank you very much) and it became one of my favorite movies.
As a child of the 70/80’s I grew up believing that if you wanted to be great – all you had to do was eat your frosted flakes every day. I was totally that kid that Tony the Tiger was created for! As an adult, I realize that being great is a somewhat more complicated proposition – individually and for organizations.