I received some great feedback today from my manager after putting together a case to attend the MT Conferences in Sydney next month. Along with our formal training request form, I added a rationale for how attending the conference would be a gain to the business and strategic plan, not to mention my own personal development. I printed the outlines M&M provided, with the agenda and of course, costings. And then I went in to have a face to face discussion about it.
My manager heard me out and though he had never heard of MT before, immediately commended the idea and suggested that the $2000 cost would be recouped in that I could roll-out the learning to other managers (by way of example) within the organisation (we also love that DISC profiles are so inexpensive compared to what other organisations charge here). He went on to say that he did think however that I was already pretty much all over this type of content and managed these ideals well. He felt that I had a good handle on much of the content in my professional and personal life and asked me to consider other training – at the same cost – that would stretch me and benefit me in an area that I haven’t yet experienced or dealt with in my career to date.
As disappointed as I was that I may not get to meet Mark and the team, or get to network with like-minded individuals, it was a great feeling to be acknowledged for the difference the last year of being a licensee has benefited my professional growth.
I’m a HR business consultant and don’t actually have any directs, though I organically fell into the role of 2IC and show leadership to our small team. My manager recently recommended I fill in for him when he is on leave later this year. So all in all, MT has been a fabulous investment.
Now, if I don’t get to officially attend the Sydney conference, I may just take a couple of days leave myself, have a couple days’ “holiday” in Sydney and gate crash the hotel lobby – would it be weird to be an MT groupie??? At the very least I get to shake hands with Mark, Dani et al and meet those of you who will be going ;) Or is that bordering on stalking?!
Still, my manager hasn’t declined the request… he has said he’ll consider it while I also do some more ‘shopping’ for something that might be more suitable for my own growth. He understands the MT conference would cement my knowledge and that the hands-on interactive nature of the small group would be valuable. He's simply tossing up whether to throw the training budget toward more of the same for me or something new and different ;)
Keep up the awesome work peeps. Maybe I’ll get to see you all this year and perhaps it will be 2014 J