Guest blogger: Kimberly Smith
I recently left my corporate T & D job and started over in a new career. Once I had made
up my mind to put my happiness first, I sought out job opportunities that were more aligned with my hobbies and lifestyle and looked for ways that I could bring my T & D experience in to those types of roles. I am six months in to this terrifying but thrilling journey, and I am here to tell you that it’s possible! Being brave enough to take the leap is the hardest part. Finding opportunities to incorporate your training experience will present themselves in new and exciting ways you never imagined before!
For example, I now work for a company that encourages in the moment feedback (both positive and constructive) and I was recently given feedback that my methods of teaching other team members needed to be less “transactional” and more “transformational”. This really got me thinking critically about all the opportunities we have to teach others in our careers and in our personal lives. Not only to educate, but also to elevate. Explaining the basics of the situation is always helpful, but taking the conversation one step further will be even more memorable and far more significant of a learning experience for all parties involved.
Next time you find yourself in a teachable moment, consider this approach. How can you educate AND elevate the person you are coaching? What do they have to teach you in return?
For further learning, check out this article from Executive Travel Magazine on how feedback contributes to successful company cultures overall.
Sloane, Jackie. “Creating Successful Company Cultures.” Executive Travel Magazine. N.p., Dec. 2010. Web. 28 Mar. 2013. <http://www.executivetravelmagazine.com/articles/creating-successful-company-cultures>.