Today is Jedi Appreciation Day. Yes, it’s true that this is something we made up, but it really should be Jedi Appreciation Day! If you are a fan of the Star Wars movies, you know what awesome feats Jedis are capable of – they are protectors of the galaxy and defenders of the weak, and they use their amazing skills for good…unless of course, they defect to the Dark Side.
What makes Jedis special is their dedication and commitment. What sets them apart from the average person (human or otherwise) is their mastery of three essential components: Knowledge, Discipline and The Force.
Knowledge seems pretty basic unless you are trying to learn how to defeat a death star. However, a large number of employers fail to assist their staff members to deepen their knowledge base. Things are changing in our world at a more rapid rate than at any time in history. For an organization to stay competitive, knowledge is power. Frankly, it is difficult to understand why in any economic downturn training is one of the first things sacrificed when an 86% higher share holder return is generated by companies that spend more than the average on training (American Society for Training & Development). Additionally, 41% of employees at companies with a poor training plan to leave within a year vs. 12% of employees at companies with excellent training (American Society for Training & Development). It’s no wonder Knowledge is one of the three key components to a Jedi’s training.
The second element is discipline. It takes a Jedi a tremendous amount of discipline to face challenges head on, but they do it in spite of the odds against them. While the challenges most of us face may not be as daunting as battling Darth Vader, they are important and difficult. Consequently, it takes discipline to keep going when projects are arduous or when faced with a tedious task. By assisting your team to develop a higher level of discipline through the use of proven tools and methodologies, you enhance the opportunity for success at both the individual and organizational level.
The last, and certainly the most mysterious of the three elements of a Jedi’s training is “The Force.” While your employees won’t be using the Force to levitate or to become proficient with the light saber, they can use it to become much more productive and more satisfied in both their personal and professional lives. Organizations that have tapped into the power of the Force have discovered new levels of ability, creativity and have been successful at dealing with difficult situations with reduced stress, and greater harmony. The Force is within each of us, but few ever have the opportunity to discover what it can do for them, and how to tap into it. The thing about using the Force effectively is that it requires both Knowledge about what it is and how to use it, and Discipline to continue to practice until it becomes second nature.
To learn more about how you can help your team to become Jedis click here. And may the Force be with you!