Educate don’t terminate. Terminating someone is taking the easy way out. You shouldn’t terminate someone unless you’ve done everything in your power and used all the resources available to you to turn that situation around before you let them go. You rarely get to hire someone fully trained. Your number one task as a manager or leader is to teach someone what they need to know to complete the task to reach the goal. If you haven’t done that – you aren’t doing your job.
Worth Remembering … “Do you hire stupid people or do they just get stupid after working for you?” – Unknown.
Managers and leaders will not be judged by what they know. They will be judged by their ability to teach others. Trust me when I tell you that teaching someone else what you know is not easy! If that was the case, superstar athletes would have successful coaching careers after their playing days were over. In most cases, that doesn’t happen. Teaching requires a different set of skills. Think of the most informative class or training session you have ever attended. What distinguished that learning experience from other classes or sessions? What helped motivate you to learn something new?
Worth Remembering … “There is no such thing as a dumb student, only dumb teachers who wouldn’t use everything at their disposal to help the student learn.” – Brian Smith
Malcolm Knowles, a subject matter expert on adult learning, believes that we are born with a particular learning style, which dictates or at least heavily influences how we like to learn. Think of learning styles as personality characteristics that affect our preferences for learning conditions. Adults will learn in an environment that they prefer – in an environment that they believe is conducive to learning.
Worth Remembering … “If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.” – Derek Bok
Managers and leaders need to understand the person’s learning style they are trying to teach and incorporate that understanding into the way they are teaching them. Are they auditory learners who learn by hearing key points and asking questions? Are they visual learners who prefer to have it in writing to refer back to their notes later or do they learn best hands-on?
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