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“I have employees that
don’t want to be developed. They just want to come to work, do their jobs, and
go home. Development isn’t for everyone, right? I can’t force them to develop
if they don’t want to!”
that stupid individual
development plan form that HR is forcing down your throats. But only if the
employee can check off each of the following items and you’re willing to sign
off on it:
- No changes in technology, now or next 2-3 years
- No changes in work processes, now or next 1-2
- No changes in customer preferences, requirements
requiring new skills
Could you check them all? Probably not. In today’s
hypercompetitive, white-water, VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and
ambiguity) business environment, if you are not growing you are dying.
business imperative, and quite frankly, a condition of employment. Just as
important as “coming to work every day”.
As a leader, letting your employees off the hook for
development because “they don’t want to”
is a cop-out and weak leadership. You’re letting the employee run the risk of
becoming expendable and unemployable, and you’re saying it’s OK to run your
team at less than optimal performance.