The Training Most Needed

The Training Most Needed

The Training Most Needed

Coach Brian, why is working in a team so difficult?

Usually, everybody has technical skills. They have some education, and they are functional. Most people meet this threshold. The most significant difficulty with working in a team, the area of growth if you will, involves the training most needed and yet it is most overlooked.

Great leaders throughout history have recognized that even since Biblical times, people are our greatest asset and our greatest challenge. People training is what is most needed but often overlooked.

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology showed that 85 percent of our financial success is due to skills in “human engineering.” Personality, the ability to communicate effectively, negotiation skills, emotional intelligence and personal leadership.

Typically, team leaders and team members have trouble getting past individual styles, personal dislikes, petty preferences, other people’s ways of doing and being. For example, shy people are perceived as aloof, condescending or arrogant. They hold their comments and that makes team members uncomfortable. They don’t understand.

If people don’t know, they make it up and usually what they make up isn’t good.

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Some people need to talk—they learn from hearing themselves talk. They learn on the fly as they talk. But they are readily perceived and dismissed as aggressive rather than assertive, full of themselves rather than curious.

Other people who may not have the right answer or they stumble—it may take them two tries to get it right—are perceived as incompetent.

People too quickly judge, label and broadly accuse others of not wanting to be part of the team, incompetence, arrogance, a “freeloader” etc…….

I encourage you to look around, pay attention and witness this for yourself.

That’s what I experience as the most common pain point and difficulty working with teams. When I’m called in to do workshops, it’s about employee/manager relations, team spirit, conflict, tension, everyday personal leadership gaps for all positions.

I am rarely asked to enhance technical skills. That is not the training most needed.

What people need is space that is free of judgment, labels and accusations. We all need advocacy to perform at our best and become the best version of ourselves.   

Remember, the training most needed must be sought out

Life isn’t a sitcom. Snarky comebacks work great for George Lopez, but they create dissonance, tension, and conflict at work. They are a heavy drag on progress, productivity, and profit.

  • Emotional Intelligence is under valued
  • Patience is underrated
  • Self-management gets little or no attention

People training or enhancing your human engineering skills is the most needed, the most important and the most effective thing you can do for yourself and your team.

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