management training? No way. We are "trainers provocateurs"!
Our main mission is to provoke participants'
thinking, to get them out of their comfort zones, to disturb the
status quo. The first step is to tackle the principal task of management
training: to make participants see things that were always there,
but which they were previously unaware of.
hope for different, better results, if you keep using the same
old, inferior techniques! We call that naïve, or worse, insanity!
Why are we light
years ahead of those 1-day "sitcom" seminars?
CP seminars are NOTyour common garden variety, such as those
run by some training companies (you know which ones - you get
their full-colour 4-page brochures through the mail all the time),
where they herd 200-300 people (who each paid $199 or $299 for
the day) into a huge auditorium and give them a 10-page booklet
with parts of sentences missing. Then, they have to fill in the
blanks - that is the only way to get them to listen to the presenter
who talks non-stop. There is no interaction between the speaker
and the listeners, and 80% of things heard (pretty basic, by the
way) are soon forgotten!
courses are for garden gnomes!
CP seminars are highly interactive and participative - we don't
give you standard answers and simplistic one-liners (a substitute
for practical advice) as most management seminars and books do.
We ask you for examples of your organisation's real
life problems, issues from your past, current or future projects
and then discuss them in detail (unless they are confidential or
sensitive). If you cannot come up with examples of problems or bad
management in your own organisation (highly unlikely, since bad
management is everywhere, you just have to look for it and recognise
it), we discuss examples from our experience, so you learn the cheap
way - from the experience of others, rather than learning from your
own (expensive) mistakes!
The power of
scepticism and cynicism
Motivating participants and provoking them into thinking for
themselves (instead of blindly following old rules, dubious directives
from top management and myths that work against their interests)
is not the whole story.
We also instil in them a healthy dose of scepticism, we show them
how to keep their eyes open, to be on a lookout for unnecessary
work, misdiagnosed problems, counterproductive proposals, unnecessary
projects and other stupidities, inconsistencies and pure and simple
incompetence among themselves, their consultants and contractors,
and, especially, in middle and top management.
One of the problems of today's managers and professionals is that
they blindly believe everything they hear or read in the ever-growing
plethora of (quite bad) training seminars and (even worse) management
books. Many of those seminars and most of those books are utter
rubbish - a complete waste of time and money.
CP alternative? We show participants how to believe
in their own power - the power of knowledge, practical experience
and gut-feeling (ladies call it intuition or "sensing").
To succeed in the competitive business environment, you should adopt
a healthy dose of cynicism - if you don't, you will be taken for
a ride - you will believe everybody, you will pay too much for goods
and services, you will be taken advantage of in negotiations, you
will be passed over for promotions.
The power of
Today's managers and professionals are perfectly capable of mastering
any subject and topic on their own - they do not need a management
seminar for that.
However, there is one aspect they cannot that easily master through
the process of self discovery and individual learning: the enlightenment
that comes from the power of AHA! We help them to arrive at that
AHA! faster and to enjoy themselves during the journey.
This makes the average investment in one of our seminars (public
or in-house) insignificant, compared to the savingsyou will acheve
as a result of just one AHA! idea, or when compared to the additional
business and income your new skills will bring in!
Just one powerful idea gained during
the process of reflection, encouragement and discussion at our
seminars should bring you and your company improvements on a scale
of 10-fold to 100-fold magnitude, compared to your investment
in in-house training.
Start challenging and empowering your
people by organising a CP in-house seminar for your organisation.
This may be the best investment decision you have made this year!
a detailed TRAINING PROPOSAL or a confidential discussion about
your requirements, please contact us by e-mail.
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