"For good teaching rests neither in accumulating a shell full of knowledge nor in developing a repertoire of skills. In the end, good teaching lies in a willingness to attend and care for what happens in our students, ourselves, and the space between us."
--- Laurent A. Daloz
Whether you are teaching your employees how to apply gold leaf, drive a truck or bend neon tubes, it is important to first establish a relationship between you and the employee. Make sure that there is an understanding that you are teaching him or her to succeed--- not to help your business succeed, but that you truly want that person to learn this task so that they may develop for themselves marketable abilities that can be used in other companies.
This is not selling out to the competition. This is helping a fellow human being to advance in their careers.
Zig Ziegler once said, "You can get anything that you want out of life if you only help enough other people get what they want." This should not be your motivation, but a principle to remember if you get frustrated with "giving away the farm" to those who work with and for you.
"Teaching creativity to your child isn't like teaching good manners. No one can paint a masterpiece by bowing to another person's precepts about elbows on the table."
--- Gurney Williams III
When trying to train and teach those in your company, focus only on the tasks and the outcome that you are trying to get accomplished. For example, if you are training a new sales person, focus on giving them the tools to succeed in closing the sale. Don't fret over the fact that they don't do the presentation like you do. Let them shine in their own light.
"If learning to read was as easy as learning to talk, as some writers claim, many more children would learn to read on their own. The fact that they do not, despite their being surrounded by print, suggests that learning to read is not a spontaneous or simple skill."
--- David Elkind
Try to keep in mind that while you are teaching something that you've known how to do for years, the employee who wants to learn is new to the task. Be patient and allow for the learning curve to straighten out. Teaching or training does not give back an immediate return on your time investment. It will take time before you can reap the rewards.
"Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn."
--- Loris Malaguzzi
Focus should be on improving the knowledge and skill level of the student while at the same time, enjoying the benefits of learning through interaction, rehashing learned tasks, and from the students themselves.
"Supposing is good, but finding out is better."
--- Mark Twain
Your company profits by making sure that your team is trained properly. If an employee is guessing at answers for your customers, you are losing business. Make sure that every team member knows how to do their job.
A good exercise to do is to have your employees tell you what their job description is. Make sure that they know what they are supposed to be doing. You might be surprised by their answer. In addition, ask them to show you how to perform certain tasks. Make this a relaxing demonstration and not one that their job depends upon. This will give you an idea of well they know their job and also show you where you need to train or retrain.
"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."
--- Winston Churchill
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