No matter our profession, we all make use of tools of the trade.
For some such items could include bells and whistles, plus more sophisticated apps associated with technology and social media. Others might operate more traditional tools of the trade, specifically related to a craft or occupation involving a mixture of manual labour and mental exertion.
Away from the physical tools of the trade, over the years we may have acquired a whole host of tricks, shortcuts and so forth through both trial and error, in addition to a more measured acquisition of experience.
Working alongside our colleagues and stakeholders in general, we have the occasion to see up close the way they go about their tasks. Beyond the ‘Sitting with Nellie’ approach to training, an honest exchange of best practices can occur within an open and learning-centered environment.
Even the much-referred to coaching culture prevalent in many organizations leads itself to the transfer of skills, tools of the trade, and the like. With the saying, “Look after your tools and they will look after you” in mind, let me give the keyboard a rest now.
Many thanks for reading this ‘Tools of the trade‘ post today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).