Posted by Lee-Anne Ragan | Filed under training & development
I’m writing from Cairo, where I’ve been training UNHABITAT youth fund recipients in the UN’s Locally Elected Leadership Series. The group is also receiving training in project management, which included a segment on risk management.
My friend & colleague Shelby Edwards dialed in from Seattle via Skype & shared her extensive risk management expertise. It got me thinking about risk when it comes to training & development.
- to learn something is to risk appearing vulnerable, to say “I don’t get it!”
- to teach something is to risk appearing stupid in front of a group of participants, to say “I don’t know!”
- to learn something is to take a risk, to acknowledge there’s a better way, there’s room for change & growth
- to teach something is to take a risk, to try a new teaching technique, not doing the same ‘ol, same ‘ol (without yet knowing if the new technique works)
- to learn something is to jump in, even though there might be a nasty guard dog (aka learning content that is irrelevant or teaching methods that are silly or embarrassing)
- to teach something is to jump in, even though there might be a nasty guard dog (aka the odd participant that is rude or aggressive)