Since returning to SoftwareONE in April, I’ve had the distinct pleasure to be a part of four different Learning and Development workshops led by Courtney Reynolds, both in our NYC office with my local team, as well as with a larger group of new-hires out in Waukesha, WI, our US-based headquarters. I can say with absolute certainty that, in my 13 years in the corporate world, I have never experienced a Learning and Development workshop/training that even comes marginally close to being as effective and valuable as the workshops I’ve received in the past few months.
Examples of workshops include: “Inspire through Culture”, “High-Performing Teams”, and “Effective Feedback”. Each session allows employees acquire new insights, strategies and mindsets that can help both them and their team become a more engaged and effective employee for SoftwareONE. The sessions can even impact their personal relationships outside of the office.
The Learning and Development team at SoftwareONE (which has been completely revamped since I left in 2014, and is headed by Lucretia Hall) has an incredible knack for getting the best out of individuals and teams in these settings. I’ve never seen a corporate training staff with the ability to navigate the sometimes extremely challenging conversations that occur during these workshops with the grace and effectiveness the SoftwareONE Learning and Development team have.
In summary, I am extremely appreciative of the investment SoftwareONE has made in these workshops and in the greater Learning and Development team and curriculum. I feel I have grown more coming out of these sessions in just four short months, than I had in the prior five years.
Workers can become so jaded by the idea of “training” or “workshops” in corporate settings over the years because, most of the time, they can end up being full-day sessions of PowerPoint torture that typically lack focus, engagement and rarely result in any actionable outcomes that actually make us feel stronger in our roles.