The Other Audience
I just looked over the list of a group of people who signed up for one of my Leadership Lessons Learned briefings for October. As was the case with my September briefing, it's an impressive group. I'm sure that many of them are attending for a booster shot since they already know a great deal about leadership.
Their attendance, however, makes me wonder about another sizable group: the people who shun training like a vampire avoids mirrors. If you were to ask some of them about the last time they were inside a classroom, they'd mention a workshop they attended 20 years ago.
There may be a host of reasons why they don't attend seminars. Some would cite tight schedules (for 20 years?), others would say they don't need the information (how would they know?), and still others would admit they don't care enough to do anything beyond what they are doing right now. The last group may be the most honest. I can applaud that.
But they shouldn't expect to be promoted. And their indifference raises a question: In this increasingly competitive world, do they ever wonder if the knowledge from those workshops might be needed someday just to keep their jobs?