Remember High School? Remember that one teacher who challenged you to keep up on current affairs? Read the paper? Watch the local news rather than Access Hollywood? We did so because even in suburbia, current affairs are happening all around us. If we didn’t pay attention, the world might just pass us by.
The training and development profession has a version of that teacher in Dr. Beverly Kaye.
I spent last weekend in Washington D.C. at an ASTD Leader’s Conference. It’s an inspiring place, and a great city to hold a conference for leaders.
The opening keynote was Dr. Beverly Kaye, author of Love ‘Em Or Lose ‘Em, and Love It, Don’t Leave It. In this session, Dr. Kaye introduced the “5 P’s OF Development.”
Dr. Kaye didn’t use each “P” as a line-item of information or procedure to follow. Rather, each “P” serves as something to consider as you approach your personal development.
Place. Ask yourself: “What one trend or change will impact the way I do my work?”
Take-away: It’s not enough to know how to do your job. Your job can change in the blink of an eye — either through reorganization, or through innovation. You need to know:
- how to do your job, AND
- what’s going on in your organization, AND
- what’s changing in the industry, AND
- how your profession is adapting to those changes.
Of course, the challenge is that the newspaper doesn’t necessarily focus on your industry all the time (unless you’re in the finance industry), right? So you’re going to have to find something else to keep you informed. ‘Cause those current affairs are happening all around us, folks, and if we don’t pay attention, our profession might just pass us by.