Last week I got to be a student at the Houston Area Safety Council’s Supervisor’s 101, a course designed for new and experienced supervisors to help with communication, leadership, and development. I love learning new things, so with sharpened pencils in hand (not really but you get my figurative point), I excitedly entered the room ready to soak up all kinds of new stuff! And even though the training shared great information, I was more impressed by the participants. The guys ranged in age from early 30s to almost retirement age and brought years of experience from a variety of plant settings. The numerous buzzings from phone messages and the many exits to take phone calls demonstrated the extent of these guys’ contributions to their jobs and plants. But for 2 days, these guys left those busy and important jobs (at least they physically left) to attend a training designed to make them better at those same jobs … and they worked to listen, participate, and learn from the training. Those supervisors worked to get the very most from the training and participated in every activity, from role playing to table discussions. The saying goes, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks,” but these guys attended that training ready to learn any “new tricks” to make them better supervisors. etc Strategies believes that by offering effective training opportunities and supporting participation in those opportunities, all of your employees - old or new - can learn “new tricks” to become better at any job.