They say if you give a man a fish he eats for a night, but if you teach a man how to fish, he’ll be full forever.
Although that doesn’t completely line up with our reasons, it’s most certainly part of it.
Since I started business almost 20 years ago, one of my biggest issues has always been helping people and organisation do better.
As I grow older, and try to focus on my family and kids, I learned how teaching can provide immense pleasure when you see progresses.
What I would rather do with my time is train people to do exactly what I do, but better. Why better? I think when you’re in the middle of the woods, it’s very hard to see the problems. When you’re creating systems, it’s easy to get lost in what you’re doing, and not pay attention to what may be a better route for your project because you’re too busy executing it.
When focusing on teaching, not only does it embolden what you already know, it forces you to take a different perspective and mix your ideas with fresh opinions of participants from other sectors, markets and cultures.
In my experience, teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done in my life. Seeing how participants progress and target questions during a training session is amazing, but I consider that what happens after a training is even more amazing.
In facts, when participants are back home and starts applying our teaching into their organizational context, it is only at that moment that you recognize if you have done a good job or not.
When you have the chance to witness how participants tailor your teachings into their current organisational context, it is very much like watching that first fish getting caught by the newbie fisherman.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a succesful project, because the attempt in itself is already a first step of an important evolutive journey. Learning, experimenting and experiencing new results is a great evolution and when done with the support of passioned professionals, it can only lead to great results.