February 26th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Talk about unclear direction!

Ummm! Tough end to the day today. very unexpected feedback from the group workshop yesterday. They all felt the delivery was good and the style was great and the “join it all up” challenge went down a storm, but the over-riding feeling was that there was a lack of direction and content was too woolly. Poor scores on the “happy sheets” too – which kind of suggests they weren’t happy!

Ummm! Challenging, that, because the conversations with the group leader had helped define the content and subject matter – although with hindsight we both felt the ultimate take away was a bit vague!

Ummm! Interesting too that the instant feedback was great, I got nearly everyone’s business cards and agreement to keep in touch and as per yesterday’s post the list of outcomes and actions is lengthy.

So, reflections then;

Clearly people (those who believe themselves to be leaders) don’t like to be challenged – they’d rather be spoon fed information and allowed to think about how it affects them, then probably go away and do sweet F.A. about it (sorry burst of passion there)

The content and the direction could have been clearer, I agree, and this will be a big learning point for me to work on – however, I will not adopt an old fashioned style of present loads of Powerpoints and then occassionally get people to break out and think about – I can’t help having to use my imagination and create other ways for people to learn / take information.

I do need to drop the “trainer” bit and make less references to the “car trade” – will try hard on that as 25 years will be difficult to leave behind.

I believe that this particular group are still in the “forming” stage of their development, so therefore, my approach and subject matter was just a bit too risky for them at this stage!

With this last point, I wonder whether the group leader actually really understood the requirements of the group?

My over-riding conclusion for me (outside of the potential paranoic, life is crap, negative self-talk) is that my style, approach and messages will challenge and therefore, as a human “hand-grenade” not everyone in the audience is going to like what I have to say. So, in order to move this on and learn from it, I will work on the areas pointed out, I will ensure outcomes are more clearly defined – but I will also pitch and market myself as a challenging, thought provoking, “marmite” style speaker (Marmite being a product you either like or hate – there’s not much middle ground) – Works for me!!

As Corporal Jones used to say in the great British comedy “Dad’s Army” ‘they don’t like it up ’em!’

You can’t create change by other’s actions, so if you don’t want to take responsibility for change yourself – you probably won’t like what I have to say.

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