Thursday, July 1, 2010

Trying to Save the Day for the Old World Man

Neil Peart is a true genius for writing these lyrics.

"He's not concerned with yesterday
He knows constant change is here today
He's noble enough to know what's right
But weak enough not to choose it
He's wise enough to win the world
But fool enough to lose it"
- New World Man by Rush from the Signals album 1982

New or old, your admins and developers deserve to not be left behind by technology because you can't spend any money on their training. It's not fair to ask them to do it on their own, sure some do, but most really just want to leave work behind every day when they go home.

They know they should be on 8.5.1, using Xpages, Traveler and all types of other great things but they are stuck in how to get these things changed. And in some cases may end up having to learn something completely new anyway, so why not let them get more advanced training on what you already have spent some serious money on for your infrastructure.

Fact: Recent client spent weeks, if not months, trying to resolve issues which they spent probably $50,000+ on when a few days to a week of training(Between $3-10,000) could have kept them humming along more efficiently.

Training may allow employees to move elsewhere easier, but it just may be what endears them to you more and keeps them happier longer. And you don't get hit with salary budget issues. Yes, I know a shell game, but it works in some organizations.

What do you, as an employer, do to help them grow their skills? Do you send them to annual training? (Note a $ means there is a cost associated with it)

Events like:
  1. Lotusphere($)
  2. The View Admin & Developer Conferences($)
  3. Collaboration University($)
  4. Lotusphere Comes To You events (Free)
  5. Proof of Technology Workshops (Free)
  6. Community Events found on
  7. If you are a Business Partner, use the VIC (mostly Free)
  8. Any LUG events which usually are FREE
  9. Webinars (usually free)
  10. IBM Website full of various levels of information
  11. TLCC($) has some excellent training products
  12. On Site Training ($)

Probably more offerings around the world I am forgetting, let me know and I will add them.

Of course they should also be reading the blogs found on if for no other reason than to realize how ahead or behind they are and ask for more. Also, most of us that speak at events post our presentations, so it's like a review course in perpetuity on all topics, not juts IBM or Lotus related.

If you don't provide it, and no one asks for it, that is understandable but scary for you and them.

Imagine how much better your staff would love you if you offered them anything at all? Knowing it may cost you just some travel budget for an entirely free 1-3 day event in some cases?

So start helping the team by helping them pave the way to a new world for them and your company.