…it’s what you answer to.
Manager sits at their desk wearing a Leader’s hat,
‘Send for Training right away’, I want to have a chat.
Training attends immediately, carrying pen and paper,
‘I want to develop Talent’ booms Leader,
And Training’s belief dissolves like water vapour.
Seated back at their working space, Training ponders their trouble
‘How do I develop Talent’ they think, working in a Training bubble.
So Training borrows Learning’s coat and goes out for a walk,
Taking time to stop at desks and find someone to talk.
‘Hey Potential, how you doing?’ asks Learning of their friend,
Looking down Potential grimaced ‘I think this is the end’.
My Traits are now Behaviours, my Aptitude is Competence,
What I thought was Expertise has now been titled Confidence.
Performance has changed around me and I don’t know where I fit,
I’m done for now, I’m not Developed, I’ve had enough of it.
Learning pauses for a moment before answering their pal,
Don’t be hasty Potential, we need to build morale.
I’ll go and find Personnel, and get their view of things,
Don’t jump the ship just yet, let’s see what this dialogue brings.
A frantic search for Personnel but no luck, they weren’t found,
A disappearing function that seems to go to ground.
Another look around the place, a search both near and far,
Suddenly Personnel was there, in a coat labelled HR.
‘If you’d been at the table this morning’ they said, ‘you would have heard the chatter’,
It’s what we do, not what we’re called, our label doesn’t matter.
What do you think? Do labels and names matter – let me know in the comments.