When the economy slows and organizations are not making profits as much as they used to do (if at all!) then most probably people are not being sent to too many knowledge and learning development programs and seminars.
However as an employee you probably know that this time is critical to build and continue developing your existing skills - so how do you do it?
- Read a book: Ok, this is a personal favorite - but books are one of the best ways to develop at your own pace. The good parts are - you can delve on it for as long as you want - taking it along with you, and there is one book typically for each level of the organization - from the early career starter to the CXO level. A recommendation, read not just books directly related to your domain - but also related to other domains - including biographies of achievers. Sometimes inspiration can come from unexpected sources.
- Idea: Make a group of book lovers like you - buy books and share the cost and reading time. Make a synopsis to crystallise your thoughts and enable others to learn from it too.
- Identify the event/training you want to undertake
- Communicate benefits to your manager and organization
- Get the impact of the training by talking to earlier participants - people from your organization preferably - or external people - don't rely only on the organizers' promotional material
- Commit to an outcome you will deliver to your organization after the training - like either sharing the knowledge with team members - or implementing learning by way of a project in a group - tying up the principles of 'knowing and doing' - this would let your organization view the fees as 'investment for the organization' rather than as 'expense for an individual's training'. Big difference.
What are some of the ideas you'd have for developing an individual's knowledge, skills and abilities?