Speaking of, or listening to solution?

There is an underlying assumption between a trainer and a trainee. Mentor/trainer does the mentoring, and fresh young employees keep their hands and minds open to grab whatever they are supposed to catch up and put into their minds. Here is the problem: you are missing opportunities to nurture creativity, the possibility to find a better solution that you did not think of. Helicopters were not dreamt by engineers, it was by Leonardo da Vinci, an artist! The structure of atom was first proposed by philosophers, and not the scientists. The point is, by “speaking” of established methods of how to solve a problem, you are killing fresh minds of young executives of thinking on their own.

Why don’t we turn the mentoring process upside down? Let the trainee speak up what they feel the way things need to be done. We then infuse our experiences and knowledge that we love to boast about (which may be correct in many instances, no offense intended). This will not only boost confidence of trainees, but also give their mentor a fresh perspective to think of. Two-way road is better than one way road (in many instances), isn’t it?


About 1mmarketing

Working as Associate Professor, School of Business, United International University, Bangladesh; a North-American graduate, with doctoral studies from UUM, Malaysia; cherishing a wide-view of the world, with multiple interests in culture, people, traveling, and specifically marketing science. I have a colorful and diversified background with a blend of corporate experience, research, consulting, training, public speaking and teaching. I love to write about marketing issues that affect our lives, and talk about its direction that would promote the greatest human welfare.
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2 Responses to Speaking of, or listening to solution?

  1. Mihir.G. says:

    Completely agree. Let me give an example, I used to read a lot of books written by Mr. X but now I almost don’t read any of his books anymore because, I can predict what might happen as the story progresses even before finishing half of the book! The point is that it becomes boring and traditional when same thing is practiced over and over again. The reader over the time becomes a replica of the writer (Mr. X). Remember!! World already has MR X it does not need another Mr. X so be something else Y, Z, K anything but not X. Here nothing new is being created. Sometime we become so busy with practicing the existing things that we forget to try/ experiment for new things and at the end of the day creativity gets murdered. Based on the scenario described above I think all trainings should concentrate more on “how to think” and less on “what to think”. However, we must not also forget that population of the whole world can be divided into two groups- (a)followers and (b)leaders. With too many thinkers (leaders/ training facilitating how to think) the world would become a chaos, which also holds true for an organization. So, all the trainings should maintain a balance in creating thinkers and doers (followers/what to think).

  2. Aneesa R. says:

    I completely agree with both Mihir G. and Mr. Rahman. Unfortunately, the school/college/university culture is suffering because of many teachers/trainers/mentors. I am saying this because some trainers believe that the way they teach is the best and any other alternate answer may not or even CANNOT exist. This kind of attitude is making the students lazy and when faced with case studies, presentation etc they become scared as they dont know what the right answer is due to the fact that they are mostly spoon feed by teachers/trainers as to what is right and what is wrong and sometimes even what they should think.

    If the students/trainees are allowed as Mr. Khandoker Rahman put to speak their mind and say what they want and the trainers listen to them only then can a proper two way flow of information and knowledge can be accuired.

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