Knowledge is everywhere, books, Internet, etc. However, when training is solely based on knowledge it becomes bland, i.e. tends to lose its focus, can be boring, perceived as non essential, time killer, etc.
What then has to happen? First, one must understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge is the stuff and wisdom is what you do with it. Knowledge-based training is only half of what should be taught. Knowledge by itself is useless. This is bland training.
Do you go to your doctor, lawyer, counselor, clergy, insurance agent, etc. for knowledge or for the wisdom they offer based on the knowledge you give them? Are you willing to pay for that wisdom?
For example, when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, I got online with Mayo Clinic to find out what type of treatments were available for my father’s type of cancer. We met with the oncologist and shared with him what I found out and he told me why what I researched wouldn’t work with my father’s cancer. He then, told me what we could do in order to give my father 5 more years of quality life without pain. I had the knowledge, but the doctor had the wisdom and my father got five more years.
Who is providing the wisdom in your ethics/leadership training? If no one, then you are wasting your training dollars in only providing knowledge. Real change only comes from wisdom and wisdom only happens eyeball to eyeball.
Something to think about, eh?