Learning professionals, we are challenged in today's environment to get learners fully engaged and at times, ourselves. Engaging learners is challenging, but for now, let's focus on you. There are many reasons why we do not allocate the appropriate time for our own development; multiple demands, tight deadlines, etc. So, as a learning professional, are you producing the business outcomes that you know you can produce? And if not, why? One of the comments I have heard many learning professionals share is that they do not feel they have a seat at the table. So, here are my top five reasons to believe that you may not have a seat at the table:
5. Discussions had by the subject matter experts are not well understood.
4. The end users' performance gaps were shared with you, but not personally explored by you. (Do you get out on the shop floor and learn?)
3. Your challenges are typically trumped because you are too focused on the learning solution and not enough on the performance need.
2. You only get invited to meetings where the learning solution is being discussed.
1. Many times, you just do not feel listened to.
So what do you do? First, start with this question; What do I need (or what's missing) in order to improve my performance and continue growth as a learning professional? Take some time to really explore your need or needs. Self-assessment is the starting point to career effectiveness and satisfaction. It's common to focus on other's needs but not so easy to fully explore our own needs. Your personal growth is the direct path to a seat at the table. I am inviting you take your rightful place at the table. Are you ready to self-assess? I can help. In future blogs, I will begin a topic series on career development. But for now, what else prevents us from taking our rightful place? Please share your experiences.