4 Considerations Providing & Participating in Effective Training

Training activities enhance knowledge base and also offer employees a reason not to leave an organization. Professional development remains a highly effective retention method.

Unfortunately, when organizations make budget cuts, training and education frequently suffer first. While intended to help control costs, less knowledgeable employees will not be able to maintain competitive advantage, and innovation suffers as well. Wise budgeting increases employee knowledge and retention, even when budgets are tight. Consider the following:

  1. Seek knowledge not degrees. An MBA provides general management knowledge, but not the specific knowledge required for immediate implementation. Topic focused training such as HOW TO LEAD BETTER MEETINGS, provides a quicker return on investment, and can be applied within days of completing the curriculum.
  2. Live classes may be better. Despite the tendency toward e learning, there is not substitute for quality interaction with expert instructors. If you hire from outside, you can call upon training as you need it, and not be required to support full-time staff around each and every business topic.

    Effective Training

  3. Provide feedback. Mentoring is known to have tremendous impact within organizations so ensure that employees get the feedback they need to take the training they need most. Strive for impact, powerful and immediate. Each and every person has opportunities to leverage strengths and shore-up weaknesses. They don’t always prioritize them correctly however. Depend on a mentor or an outsider  (eg, coach) who can provide honest, neutral feedback.
  4. Make it easy. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right. Consider hosting private classes that pull together teams and help develop esprit de corps (ie, teamwork) in addition to individual learning. Alternatively, invest in a fast-track employees future and permit them to travel for the training, reducing the headaches of office demands while in training.

Effective training provides physical, emotional, and intellectual relief. When budgets are tight and work demands per employee increase, do not forget the importance of your people, their needs, and the opportunity for win-win by providing effective training.

Facilitation Skills

The FAST curriculum on Professional Facilitation Skills details the responsibilities and dynamics mentioned above. Remember friends, nobody is smarter than everybody, so consult your FAST Facilitator Reference Manual or attend a FAST professional facilitative leadership training workshop offered around the world (see MG Rush for a current schedule — an excellent way to earn 40 PDUs from PMI, CDUs from IIBA, or CEUs)

About Facilitation Instructor
President of Morgan Madison & Company, through professional and academic endeavors, Terrence has focused on improving group decision-making quality. His experience has proven that: 1. Evidence-based information assures higher quality decisions. 2. Properly managed conflict, provides groups with more “options” to consider —
 and groups with more options have been proven to make higher quality decisions. With a Baccalaureate in Science from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and a MBA from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, Metz’s core competency has focused on rhetoric: the process of adjusting ideas to people and people to ideas. He is a founding principal partner and president at MG RUSH and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt® from Motorola University. CRC Press, part of Taylor and Francis, publishers since 1798, published his recent book, “Change or Die: Business Process Improvement Manual”. Terrence introduced the concept of holism to the field of structured facilitation as a method for keeping discussions on target and aligning deliverables within and throughout an enterprise. As a public speaker and instructor, he strives to reduce ‘noise’ and ‘distractions’ so that groups and teams can be more successful. Terrence is passionate about using and teaching the FAST Facilitation technique so that people and teams make more informed decisions. He made the FAST technique more robust by adding and enhancing decision-making tools such as PowerBalls and the FAST quantitative SWOT technique that is used worldwide by Fortune 1000 companies. Since 1999, Terrence has taught over three hundred classes.

3 Responses to 4 Considerations Providing & Participating in Effective Training

  1. Hi Terrentz, Thanks for the pingback to my training post listed in your “related articles” here. Greatly appreciated!

  2. oops! Early morning spelling correction. Hi “Terrence” :-)

  3. tristanwember says:

    Excellent post and advice. In these austere times I look for ways to make savings without skimping on quality. I avoid public courses; bring the trainer to you and focus the on specific development needs. Also, make use of your own experts: coaching, mentoring, and knowledge café are beneficial.

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