I’m tired.


If anyone is counting, 2014 marks 15 years of my involvement in the Learning & Development field.

And I’m tired.

Don’t get me wrong, I am more passionate about adult learning than ever, but I am tired.

At first glance, one might think this is because I’m in perpetual motion. I’m a mom with a 12-year old and a 17-year old who are both in multiple sports and activities (and eat and make messes and want me to buy them things). I work. I’m on my local ASTD board. I write this blog and guest blog quite a bit. I consult and facilitate and coach and mentor and build learning content for phase(two)learning.

Sure, it wears me out. But that’s not why I’m tired.

I’m tired of wordy PowerPoint slides. I’m tired of mammoth, bad-photocopy training binders. I’m tired of people seeing training as a punishment. I’m tired of reactive thinking and “your lack of planning constitutes an emergency on my part”. I’m tired of companies blocking social media access because it’s not seen as a valid learning tool. I’m tired of Learning being perceived as a policy-driven, rule-enforcing part of Human Resources. I’m tired of hearing “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

I’m tired. And I’m tired of seeing so many of my fellow L&D friends tired of these things, too.

In my last post, I suggested a New Year Revolution. What are you revolting against in 2014? How are you making Learning a value-rich commodity in your organization? How are you being an agent of change? Vent. Let it out in the comments below. Tell us.

What is making you tired, friends?

6 thoughts on “I’m tired.

  1. wingy2014 says:

    Nice blog – Im new to WordPress and after only 3 years i guess i am new to L&D too. The company I currently work for has never had a training team until 3 months ago…me. So i am trying hard to do some Training PR and avoid the ‘tiredness’ you mention above setting in before Ive even got my feet under the table.

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks for your comment, and welcome to WordPress, this blog and L&D! Sounds like you have your work cut out for you, but what an exciting challenge! If you don’t mind my asking, in what industry is your company?

  2. @tahiya (@tahiya) says:

    I am tired of Instructors calling their learners “morons, idiots, dolts, etc.” because they can’t learn in spite of crummy instruction. I’m tired of people who think talking is training and no matter how much they experience something better are still ok with endless nattering and PowerPoints. I’m tired tired tired of being the adult and having to understand and convince and molly coddle other adults. I’m tired of breaking my head open trying to find the right words to get through to someone who should just do their job better. I’m tired of the refusal to take cold, analytical stock. I’m tired of people not caring about data. I’m tired of hearing phone compliments designed to keep me from noticing I’m being ignored. And if one more person tries to tell me that things that aren’t broken are already at the apex of perfection I’m going to punch them in the head.

    You don’t like change. I HEARD YOU ALREADY! Suck it up. It’s work.

    Whew! that felt good. thanks.

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