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Fall Behind?

By Dawn Brehm

The saying for the clocks goes, spring ahead and fall behind. While fall is full of colorful leaves, football and chilly nights – all good things – the getting dark earlier is not a favorite of many. With fall here and so many of us closing in on the end of our corporate year, are we falling behind?

The pace of work picks up as we scurry for fall meetings and to finish the year strong, pushes that roll down from above. As trainers, we know what we do is essential for corporate performance and for patient value. However, do we fall behind as a department, leader or individual contributor? Do we slip into habits of saying yes to all requests, regardless if additional training is really the answer? Perhaps we should all pause and engage our colleagues into a strategic business discussion: Ask thoughtful questions, think through the measures of success and plan to engage the coaches in the decision and deliverables. A considerate approach will propel the reputation of the learning & development teams forward and provide enhanced value to the learners.

Another way we can fall behind is on our personal or team development. So often we put off our own development to next quarter or maybe next year. Does that serve us or our learners? Falling behind in skills is a slippery and downward slope. Before you fall behind, take a moment and reflect on how you can block some time this fall to take care of you. You will be the best advocate for your students, your department and ultimately the patients we serve.

LTEN is your partner in skill development. The LTEN website is full of resources, many of them included in your member benefits. LTEN offers more than 120 “webinars on demand,” six years of archived Focus articles, a new video-on- demand offering that features sessions from the LTEN Annual Conference and the LTEN eLearning Lounge, 14 modules of quick learning on the hottest topics in training. So really what is your excuse to fall behind? The resources are here for you!

As a department leader, you have increased responsibility to set the example of taking time for development. The shadow of the leader casts the example of excellence that your team learns from. Show your team members you value them by investing in them. Most importantly, demonstrate your pride in your team by vying for public recognition by applying for an LTEN Excellence Award.

We at LTEN must push forward always to ensure we don’t, as your professional network, fall behind. We continually look for innovative ways to support you in your quest to be leaders in learning. Your LTEN team is open to your ideas for LTEN Focus on Training magazine, webinars or live events designed to keep you on the cutting edge of learning. Always reach out and challenge the LTEN team to support you.

Closing out 2017, turning the clock back and planning for 2018, makes for a busy fall. However, don’t fall back, defy common wisdom and utilize this time to spring forward and invest in you. LTEN is here to help with tools and resources, no matter the season!

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Dawn Brehm is executive director of LTEN. Email Dawn at dbrehm@L-TEN.org.
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