Some thoughts for your consideration:
You have seen over the past two to three weeks a change in the approach to the blog. We have been exposing Vimeo based film clips. You have seen our promotional trailer, the animation of Socrates, an introduction to the company and a video clip on market segmentation. I want today to present a situation and then pose some questions in the Socratic Manner. Socratic teaching forces people to come to their own conclusions.
Employees transition through three or four stages in their career:
- Enthusiastic Beginner
- Disillusioned Learner
- Capable but Cautious Performer
- Self-Reliant Achiever
Unfortunately, it is their immediate supervisor that has a direct impact on this transition. Too often we get stuck at the Disillusioned Learner as a result of the style of the boss or the lack of any interest from the boss in the employee.
As individuals as we move from school to work we have to overcome a series of things that I will call “personal obstacles.” These things come from our families, our friends and peers and our schools. I have often said we are taught to be obedient in our developmental years and when we get to the workforce we are asked to think on our own.
These obstacles normally are
- We are told everything we want to do is impossible
- We are afraid of hurting those we love by pursuing our own dreams
- We are afraid we will fail in pursuit of our dreams.
- We are afraid to succeed.
One of the important questions we need to ask of ourselves is “what would I do if I wasn’t afraid?”
In our training approach, we are developing an employee development program that will take each employee in the parts and service groups from the enthusiastic beginner to a self-reliant achiever. My question is “how do you achieve that today?
The time is now.