Zeller, Speak!

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my friends!

Well they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but just last night I learned how to sleep parallel to my human instead of at the end of the bed! So, there you go…I learned a new trick!

Friday, New Hope provided leadership training to Team Leaders, Managers, Directors, and even our CEO, and we learned some new ‘tricks’. Now I don’t want to offend anyone by calling us ‘old dogs’, but some of us are in fact old dogs!

It was amazing to hear how long people have been employed here at New Hope from 40 years to six months. And everyone was there to learn some new tricks. We learned about different generations in the same workplace. We learned what is important to each of those generations and some tips on working together amongst varying generations. We also learned about Thought Diversity and learning to see things through other people’s lenses. That’s important. Doing so improves our ability to empathize and see things in a different way, even when it doesn’t change our mind. Thought diversity also applies to learning brand new things, stretching ourselves to do something different.

After lunch we all painted a scene under the direction of a woman from The Paint Cellar. It was a good activity to demonstrate thought diversity, as many felt they couldn’t paint, but they did! The final products were interesting, and of course different, illustrating thought diversity.

New Hope of Indiana believes it is important to invest in staff development and Friday was one example of their commitment to teach some old and some young dogs new tricks!

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