This post is written by Emergenetics Account Manager Dale Kopec. Dale reflects on his experience attending the Emergenetics Certification class in Denver this February.

Change is tough!  If you have ever been in a job or even a profession where your personal development is your responsibility and not the company’s, then you know that deciding what path to take can be confusing and somewhat, well, scary.  In order to grow professionally, you absolutely must change. Growth cannot happen without change. It’s not just change for change’s sake, but to learn as you change. And more importantly, do something different with what you learn.

Personally, I recently left the Beverage Alcohol industry after 21 years.  I know what you are thinking, why on earth leave an industry where you can “party” at lunch and call it a meeting and where the homework consist of sampling adult beverages?  The answer:  I truly wanted to grow.  Not just progress within a company, but truly grow in how I:

  • Interacted with those I work with
  • Understand others’ views and opinions
  • Lead teams where everyone is valued and leveraged for business results
  • Most important, understand myself

The first of this year I committed to personal and professional growth and joined the team at Emergenetics International.  A far cry from my entire working career as a sales leader and learning and development professional in one of the most sought after (at least for soon to be college graduates) industries in the world.  Five weeks in, it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Why? Because I am privileged to work with professionals like you every day to facilitate the “little things” at work that allow us all to grow and contribute to our personal and professional goals.

As part of my role at Emergenetics, I am required to understand deeply, how people think and behave within a corporate environment.  Not only that, but to be able to explain that to others in a way that is most in line with their communication preference based on what I know about their Emergenetics Profile.

It seemed rather easy to me on the surface.  Why not, I have more than 18 years of managing people and teams and have probably “seen it all”.  Or have I? The answer, “not even close”.

Understanding others requires a “deep dive” based on how the individual thinks and behaves as measured by neuroscience techniques that are not only accurate to the individual but sustainable over time.  Why is this important? Well frankly, everybody is different.  And simply stated, knowing this can be the most powerful tool you have in your arsenal for success.  This was never more apparent to me after I completed the Emergenetics Certification Training.

Learning how other people behave and think has forced me to reflect on the past two decades.  Could I have been a better team member? A better boss?  Could I have achieved more?  Could I have had a more influence?  The answer to all of these is a resounding YES.

The moral here: You do truly live and learn! We all have things that we would like to do different or “do over”.  For me, having experienced the brilliance of Emergenetics is one that has truly changed me.  And not only on the job.   Again, change is tough.  But don’t let that keep you from learning.  Especially when it comes to the people you work with and live with every day.