I’m writing from Cairo, where I’ve been training UNHABITAT youth fund recipients in the UN’s Locally Elected Leadership Series. The group is also receiving training in project management, which included a segment on risk management.
My friend & colleague Shelby Edwards dialed in from Seattle via Skype & shared her extensive risk management expertise. It got me thinking about risk when it comes to training & development.
- to learn something is to risk appearing vulnerable, to say “I don’t get it!”
- to teach something is to risk appearing stupid in front of a group of participants, to say “I don’t know!”
- to learn something is to take a risk, to acknowledge there’s a better way, there’s room for change & growth
- to teach something is to take a risk, to try a new teaching technique, not doing the same ‘ol, same ‘ol (without yet knowing if the new technique works)
- to learn something is to jump in, even though there might be a nasty guard dog (aka learning content that is irrelevant or teaching methods that are silly or embarrassing)
- to teach something is to jump in, even though there might be a nasty guard dog (aka the odd participant that is rude or aggressive)