How would it feel to be part of a company that understood your strengths and helped you develop so that you could progress your career and make a genuine impact in your role? You would feel valued and be committed to your employer, wouldn’t you? Your passion for work would dramatically improve and your productivity would have a profound impact on the profitability of your company.
If you met me today, I’m pretty sure you’d agree that I’m a happy person with a positive outlook. I love nothing more than bringing groups together, seeing them have fun while building key communication skills. My clients use words like “Expert communicator” “Enthusiastic” “Charismatic” and “Upbeat” to describe me, and I’m very proud of the client testimonials I’ve received on my LinkedIn profile. I’ve always been a people person, driven by learning and development.
But I haven't always been happy in the work-place. In my mid-twenties, I worked in a role that was unfulfilling at best, depressing at worst. At that time, I felt lost because this dead-end job lacked in every area of career development. My employer didn’t prioritise learning and development, so the stagnant company culture kept making the same mistakes time and time again.
At that time, I was on the hamster wheel of monthly performance. I knew things needed to change, or I would still be sitting in the same lifeless job ten or twenty years later. I watched other people fall into the same trap—not happy, yet not developed enough to move anywhere better. Sloppy in their role, and hating their job. When problems like this arise, they get worse because no one looks at developing employee strengths. Often in these situations, the company goes downhill rapidly, and people eventually start to leave—problematic for the employer.
On the flip side, I’ve also seen companies thrive when they invest in learning and development. When a fresh and dynamic energy is brought in to promote teamwork, team building, and career development, this brings back positive and productive energy to the workforce.
I left that dead-end job and retrained as a leadership and development coach, with a vision to help employers see the natural strengths of their workforce and develop these strengths to have a measurable impact on their company. And with the experience and drive collected over years of volunteering in youth development and training in destinations such as Japan and Malta, Manabu Learning was born.