Friday, December 18, 2009

“Never ask a barber whether you need a haircut.”

Warren Buffett

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

The Barber Says You Need a Haircut

I firmly believe, whether through formal curriculum, mentoring programs, “edu-tainment”, informal web safaris, water cooler group discussions and any other of a number of ways, education is at the heart of a vibrant community and better work+life experience.

For the most part, corporate education is not the highest paying position in an organization. It’s not usually a stop on the career path to Chief Executive Officer, which is quite a shame.

I believe the reason many people choose to work in learning is because of the opportunity to partner with such an amazing diversity of individuals from across the enterprise, and learn from them as we help them learn. It’s a unique position, and one that could be considered a great way to prepare future leaders for their role at the top.

Despite any challenges in budget or staffing, educators who are passionate about learning are creative, intelligent and resourceful people. A young instructor delivered one of the most exciting courses I have ever observed in the parking garage of a theme park. No fancy technology or props, just a great sense of humor and a commitment to his students’ success.

Don't underestimate the potential of the professionals within your corporate education department.