At­ti­tude in train­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

S M SAL­MAN SHAH ZAIDI

In my prac­ti­cal life, I have at­tended many train­ings and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes; and dur­ing all this process, I have re­al­ized that there are two types of peo­ple in terms of their at­ti­tude. At­ti­tude is a small thing but makes big dif­fer­ence be­cause at­ti­tude is the in­ter­nal mind­set of an in­di­vid­ual. At­ti­tude is what and how we re­act to stim­uli in so­ci­ety, it is de­vel­oped with our ex­pe­ri­ences and ob­ser­va­tion. We set our at­ti­tude on the ba­sis of our judg­ment on dif­fer­ent state­ments. At­ti­tude is the shield within the man which no­body can reach un­til or un­less a per­son does not show it.

A Ro­man Em­peror Mar­cus Aure­lius said “Our life is what our thoughts make it”. Em­ployee train­ing is vi­tal to an or­ga­ni­za­tion for sev­eral rea­sons: Peo­ple need to be fed. Peo­ple need to learn and grow. Peo­ple need to hum­ble them­selves. Even the worst train­ing can build com­rade­ship among team mem­bers. These aren’t the typ­i­cal rea­sons that you think of when you talk about train­ing. It is of course to groom the manpower and nur­ture the hu­man cap­i­tal, i.e. the ‘peo­ple’. This is about peo­ple at the end of the day, no mat­ter how tech­ni­cal the in­for­ma­tion has been im­paeted or dis­sam­i­nated. I had two sep­a­rate en­coun­ters. One team mem­ber was an ea­ger, ap­pre­cia­tive and en­er­gized from ex­pe­ri­ence while other bored, frus­trated and un­der­whelmed by the ex­act same ses­sion. Both had sim­i­lar lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence. Both were very in­tel­li­gent and suc­cess­ful in their re­spec­tive po­si­tions. So, what’s the dif­fer­ence here? The dif­fer­ence is At­ti­tude.

The first per­son I spoke with had gone into the meet­ing look­ing for rea­sons to learn, grow, and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence this train­ing ses­sion had to of­fer. The other had gone in as­sum­ing that this would be a bor­ing and worth­less ex­er­cise. Of course both of their vi­sions came true. In­ter­est­ingly enough, the team mem­ber with the pos­i­tive at­ti­tude asked more ques­tions from the pre­sen­ter. By do­ing so, he turned a luke­warm pre­sen­ta­tion into a much live­lier de­bate with sto­ries and anec­dotes that made the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence bet­ter for ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance. There is no doubt that when it comes to train­ing, at­ti­tude is a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy. — Karachi

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