The Singapore office of a multinational corporation recently went to one of those management development organizations in Singapore to engage a trainer to conduct a seminar on leadership for its managers.
Which “management development organization” is this?
Well, it shall remain unnamed because I really don’t want to embarrass them.
The so-called trainer charged the company 1500 bucks per head.
For his seminar on leadership he shamelessly used BMW’s “7 Principles of Leadership” advertisement and taught off it.
People in the audience recognized the advert and questioned the trainer; they wanted to know his credentials.
He claimed to be a former civil servant.
When probed further, it was revealed – and it was later confirmed by an independent investigation – that he was actually a male nurse at one time in one of the hospitals here.
Well, there you have it – another example of how any idiot can buy a book, prepare some PowerPoint slides, call himself a trainer and charge suckers a phenomenal sum of money for his services.
In this case, the scumbag didn’t even have to buy a book.
Imagine the audacity – conducting a management seminar on leadership using some ad, and charging a company 1500 bucks per head for it.
So if you are looking for a trainer for your company, be sure you ask around. Are you been fleeced? Are you paying mega bucks for outdated ideas, old wines packaged in new bottles? It’s amazing how some people continue to make money from some very very outdated concepts. There must be lots of very gullible, clueless and vulnerable clients around. How do you explain someone being ripped off by tricksters who conduct workshops off a car ad?
Need a trainer?
Find someone who has delivered real bottom-line results not some spin doctor with a nice story.
There is some truth in the saying that “those who can, do; those who can’t, train.”
There are too many loose cannons out there who have never contributed one iota to any company’s bottom line but go around proclaiming themselves to be experts who can increase your company’s profitability.
And these are not just individuals but these could be huge, international “training organizations” too.
You have been warned.