Badge collectors, status games the real students …

I was reflecting recently on the wide range of people who attend PCW trainings. Now I am training in 13 overseas countries I see all kinds of people, with all kinds of expectations. Attendees range from what I call “the badge collectors” who are at one end of the spectrum and the real student who want to study at the other end. Real students are harder to come by and the PCW 1 – 1 Development platform is only for real students.

I use the term “badge collectors” to describe those folks who mostly want to collect certifications for imagined enhanced status and I have had some wonderful examples of quite bonkers behaviour. I have no issue with people who aspire to collect certificates, but lets remember a certificate is not a qualification in the accepted sense. Most certificates are from what I see issued without a great deal of evaluation as well. The badge collectors tend to announce their horde of certifications on webpages and social media and of course the grander the title the better. The internet is full of characters making quite ludicrous claims, which are often never questioned. Old material is recycled to create new income streams and inevitably we have new certifications which feed into the whole obsession for enhanced status.

On a PCW training in the UK one attendee asked me after the first day of a PCW training asked “How do I become a PCW trainer?” I politely suggested that perhaps first he may consider learning the material. I get similar requests on PCW level 2 trainings, where some attendees begin to imagine that after a few days training they have a full insight into the whole model. You can always spot such folks as they endlessly want to do exercises and request information and mostly have an inability to pay attention. This can lead to some interesting exchanges where people insist that they are highly skilled while asking (and I am being polite here) not especially smart questions… I have had others ask “How do I become a PCW trainer?” and yet when I suggest ongoing CPD, they are always too busy to engage in the work that would be needed.

The reality is that learning any model takes time and study and most people either don’t appreciate this or don’t have the stamina to put in the work. Fortunately there are people who want to study and appreciate the value of continual professional development. I’m increasingly focusing on working with such individuals and its proving to be a quite inspiring experience.

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