John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

I'm done with a week of training on a product for which I might do some contract training in the near future. I'm pretty happy; I made it through the week and wasn't totally disruptive. Instructors are sometimes the worst students. I have a few assignments to do, which I'll get to starting next week.

I and my trainer friend were late this morning so that we could attend a meeting of independent trainers and consultants. This was one of the first groups that I joined when I knew that I would be unemployed, and it's turned out to be a very edifying and helpful experience. I'm meeting people that do what I would like to do for a living (making a living as independent trainers) and I have to say that they inspire me. When I hear what they're doing, it gives me some idea as to what I'm in for and where I should be looking to carve a niche for myself.

I've decided that I'm going to design and build a training session on creativity for business people, as I think I've already mentioned. One of the key catch phrases in business today is "think outside the box!" This is, of course, generally said with the greatest gusto by the very people who built the box outside of which people are told to think. If most executives, and particularly middle and lower level managers, really intended for people to think outside the box, they would be most interested in what their employees thought of the box in which they find themselves, and particularly how they would break down (or rather through) the sides of the box. But they aren't.

So, I'm going to help them find their way out of the box.

What do you think?


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