Most successful companies make employee growth and development a priority. At these organizations, supervisors value ongoing learning, employees are sent to seminars and conferences, and formal training is given frequently.
While all of this is great, it’s wasted effort unless the employee is invested in their own growth and development.
I’ve seen it hundreds of times. Companies spend thousands of dollars in training, and only a few employees benefit….The employees that value their professional development. The individuals that don’t make it a priority will never achieve their potential despite the best efforts from managers and executives.
My son plays baseball....I can pitch to him everyday, but if he doesn’t want to go out and do it, he won’t get better. The athletes that are really good, are the ones that are out in the dark, in the rain, shooting, running, throwing, and trying to get better. It’s innate…they want to be great and they push themselves to achieve their goals….The same is true in the workforce. If someone wants to expand their skills, get promoted, and climb the corporate ladder, it’s on their shoulders, not their manager’s.