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Success is an attitude, not a skill...

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04 Feb 2015
In 2013 I wrote a blog about employment training courses and I talked about my previously negative opinion of of such training courses. This was written when I was a resourcer, before my promotion to consultant.  My views on training before the resourcer course were extremely negative.  The boredom, the embarrassment of standing up in front the group, being cooped up in a room all day. However, after spending three eye opening days on the Resourcer 101 course, my views had completely changed.

This said, surely I had nothing to worry about when the time came to complete the 'Advanced Consulting - Making a difference' programme, a course designed for recruitment consultants keen to progress in their career. An introduction email was sent to all attendees outlining the aims of the course in addition to the trainer's main objective, which was:

"to challenge us and our assumptions about recruitment and how we do our jobs…in a fairly hard core way”.

That was it. The fear was back. What did he mean by challenge? I didn't want to be challenged. My whole weekend was filled with dread and anxiety. I'd heard tales from colleagues who had taken the course previously about being filmed on camera and having their voices recorded. I lack confidence in such situations and this was something I was not looking forward to.

In a nutshell, the course had been designed to cover:
  • The big picture of being a recruiter
  • What makes a good consultant
  • Key advanced consultant skills
Much to my surprise the two days that were to follow were not as daunting as I'd first expected. The training delivered by Julian Evans was diverse in content yet also focussed on each consultant's key objectives.

The majority of people do not want to participate in role play exercises, particularly when having your voice recorded and your body language assessed on camera. Although the consultant / client scenario filming itself was intense and a little nerve wracking, the analysis afterwards was extremely beneficial, with the entire group able to highlight what we'd done well and the areas we could improve. In addition, we focussed on the positives and what we were doing right, instilling a sense of confidence which perhaps many of us had previously lacked.

One of the key things I took from the two days was that 'success is an attitude, not a skill'. The group completed a task in which we had to compile a list of words which we believed to define a successful individual; intelligent, focused, determined, passionate, persistent to name but a few. Evidently, success is rarely defined by a person's skill or technical ability; it is about their attitude towards the personal goals they have set themselves.

Success means different things to different people and can be measured in different ways. Training taught me that in order to be successful in my career, I need to have the right attitude, which means working longer hours (motivated), be less distracted (focussed) and to believe in my own personal ability (confidence).

How can you change or improve your attitude in 2015 in order to be more successful and achieve your personal goals?  Let us know in the comments box below.
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