“The only resources that last are the ones that renew” was a quote shared by Erica Fox, manager of GoogleEdu at HCI’s L&D Conference. The practice of renewal emphasizes the many ways learning energizes and engages talent. At the conclusion of the conference while I stood by the door to say good-bye to the many HCI members who had just spent two days getting renewed and stimulated from best practices around learning and development, I lost count of how many smiles, along with warm handshakes and accolades I heard.
I believe that people absorb ideas that connect with their strengths. And using their strengths at work helps tremendously with the learning transfer to adapt and adopt practices in our own companies.
The perseverance to achieve organizational change and sustaining engagement comes from leaders’ transparent values and ethics. When the inbox doesn’t ever close and people are communicating constantly on mobile devices, staying on top of it all takes resiliency and remembering to renew yourself.
For all the leaders who came to HCI’s L&D conference, transfer what you learned to those back home to build capability. Show them the blogs from your favorite session for a quick re-cap and engage in discussions to hear how they think the ideas might apply in your organization. Encouraging people to leverage and share their strengths turns into a “talent gusher” for productivity and innovation. In contrast, our CLO and conference chair Dave Forman reminded us to stay clear of the “productivity sink hole” by talent not having the opportunity to use their strengths every day. As leaders we influence which it will be.
photo courtesy of Al Hikes AZ