We cannot train someone who is not willing to learn. When I teach leadership topics, there is nothing worse than having someone in the room with their arms crossed and their attitude on. Whether they were forced to come, or they think they know better than me, having someone like that in the room is a drain on everyone’s energy. With a room full of people and the clock running, I simply can’t take the time to deal with that person one-on-one to figure out what the issue is.
Leadership trainer Linton Sellen says that the purpose of training is to train people not to motivate them. If you have a motivation issue when you are training, you need to stop the training and deal with the motivation issue. Otherwise, the training is a waste of time.
The important points here:
Training is a powerful tool for engaging people. When we offer training and development to someone who wants it in an area of interest for them, we get powerful engagement and effective learning and development. It is important not to let one bad apple screw that up for those who are there to learn. And it’s important not to waste your time trying to train someone who is not ready to learn.