I was sitting in my cubicle (don't judge, it's a nice cubicle) last week cranking through some emails, when up popped a request from the corporate training team to review our compliance training materials.
GREAT, I thought.
After doing months of research, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the training materials.
Then the email attachments came over.
WOW, this was a lot bigger than I remembered.
The training deck was huge.
And I was really busy.
After blowing through time I had set aside to work on the project on 3 separate days, I finally sat down to start.
Flipping through PowerPoint slides, I went into "corporate counsel mode".
"Training professional mode" took a backseat.
I found myself taking the "easy way out" as I flew past doing a "Training Needs Analysis ("TNA," discussed in "The Science of Legal Training - 3 Steps to Conduct a Training Needs Analysis") right into modifying the existing PowerPoint based training modules.
After realizing what I had done, I sat at my desk with a feeling of huge disappointment.
How could I possibly hope to get people excited about new legal training techniques if I couldn't even implement my own advice?
After a few deep breaths, I began to better understand the difficult task of actually implementing new practices.
It's hard to stop a train once it's rolling down the tracks.