Training Day…er, Week
For the past two days (and for the next two days), I have been in intensive business training. I won’t get into the specifics, but I am attending as a participant in a program that my company offers to our clients. I am also the training architect…so not only am I a learner, but am hoping to identify areas for improvement that we can apply towards future program deliveries.
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Needless to say, my days are long. On Monday, I was at the office at 7 am and got home around 8:30 pm. I was wiped out!
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And I’m completely aware that many of you experience those hours on a regular basis…whether you’re working in or out of the home. Unfortunately, these training days are pushing me way outside of my comfort zone.
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What do I mean by that? I’d like to believe that I am a creative brain. I love to brainstorm, create, share, relate, etc… I don’t enjoy numbers, calculations, recording data or balancing the books. But here I am – simulating a business operation. This simulation plays a bit like a board game, but there are so many parts, pieces and rules that my head is spinning. It makes Monopoly look like child play.
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In fact, during our first exercise (Monday morning), my partner and I completely tanked during the first round. I confidently proclaimed that we were setting expectations low so we could blow everyone away in future rounds. And, just like I’d predicted…we blew the second round out of the water.
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Now that we’re knee deep in the simulation (which doesn’t mean much to you unless you’re in it), my confidence isn’t so stable. Considering that I’m thinking through the logistics of my own business, I guess this is good practice. It just means that I have to take a step away from my usual blogging routine for a few days. No worries, I’ll be back to my old self (or maybe a new and improved self) in no time. In the meantime, I hope you have a great week!