Are you looking at this wave as something to avoid? Or something you would want to surf (if you could)?
The chance to improve comes in waves. When we’re approached with a situation that isn’t optimal or organized the way we’d like, many times we’re left with the choice of just going with the way things are or trying to change it for the better. Taking the initiative to manipulate these waves can stop them from crashing down on us in the future.
Just as the organizational problems you encounter come in waves, the training comes in waves.
The two reasons why you would learn Continuous Improvement are: if you have to learn, or if you want to learn.
If You Have To Learn
Most people are introduced to Continuous Improvement through training in their workplace. They may not necessarily want to learn the skills, but they have to because the training becomes part of their job. Some people end up really enjoying what they learn, and others not so much.
There are certain industries that are more likely to teach Continuous Improvement, such as the manufacturing and tech industries. It’s also more common to have training in large corporations than small businesses.
Others may find Continuous Improvement as part of a college course that they have to pass. However, if you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have to learn Continuous Improvement, the chances of you running into the training is low.
If You Want To Learn
Many people seek out Continuous Improvement training because they want to advance. Those who seek out the training might do so for three reasons: they want to advance their career by becoming a certified expert, they want to advance their business, or they want to simply advance their problem solving and organizational skills.
What Happens When A Wave Approaches?
If you are out surfing, there are three outcomes:
The wave passes you without knocking you off your board. Typically you judge whether to roll over it or duck under it.
The wave crashes down on you and you tumble in the surf.
You surf (or try to surf) the wave.
Many of us have faced organizational problems and muddled through them unscathed. Maybe you’ve gone through Continuous Improvement training, but didn’t think much of it. In these cases the waves passed by you.
Maybe you’ve encountered an organization problem that has cost you money, frustration, or has disrupted your schedule. Maybe you just had difficulty learning Continuous Improvement at first.
It’s time to learn how to surf.