I found this interesting too. As with @HAWK it’s not how I feel about this.
There’s a huge amount to learn, no matter what you do, constantly and everything evolves. I’ve never had the sense anyone on the team has been defensive or offended. There are, however, a few things that I think do present challenges:
Time. We’re a small company and no matter how well intentioned and appreciative we are of being able to train and have budget to do so, actually getting time to do it when we’re so busy can be tough. We should make time, sure, but the last 6-12 months have been stormingly (is that a word) good at FeverBee - hence we’re now hiring again. This all takes commitment, investment and time and responsibility to making things happen. It’s great that the team is so focussed on making us a success - it’s just not always practical to stop, think, research and train. This brings me to point 2…
Good training. Honestly, I’ve done a lot of training over the years at a variety of places and most of it is poor. It’s systematic, laborious and unproductive. Maybe I’ve been unlucky multiple times but I inevitably leave with a feeling that “I could have done the best bits of that in an hour and then got back to my FeverBee task list”. This isn’t to say there isn’t some incredible trainers and courses out there (like ours!) but finding them again takes time and a certain amount of serendipity.
Knowing the roadmap. I think a bigger question than “where do I want to go” is “what skills will be needed in the future”. I just listened to the Tim Ferriss podcast with Naval Ravikant and he makes some really good points around the fluid, flexible nature of this. Training for skills can sometimes be redundant also. Do I want to learn to code? Not really - we can find someone who can do that for us cheaper, quicker and more effectively than I want to learn it.
None of the above is true 100% of the time and, of course, we CAN make time, there ARE courses and a roadmap CAN be useful. At this point though I’m not convinced we’re looking at the question in the right way. Perhaps a more useful approach is to create a completely abstract approach to this. Force people to take a day off every month, scheduled in, when they work on a completely different project.
They can write a short story, learn to play power chords on a guitar, volunteer at a charity or do anything to have a unique experience they learn from. Sometimes the best ideas for work come when you have your eyes opened or are challenged in a completely unique way. Be interested to hear if anyone else has done anything like this