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Wednesday
Apr082009

Jack of All Trade...

1. Failure to Commit to a Single Philosophy or Methodology

A word of caution: This article is written as an opinion and should be taken as such. The black-and-white polarization is to make a point or perhaps my poor attempt at injecting some dark humor into the subject. Please take it with a pinch of salt if you find yourself getting a little upset.

We are going to try some thing different this time. There are 11 training mistakes I have compiled in my experience as a trainer. However, instead of writing about all of them at once, I will write them one at a time. But, I will share the whole list with you every time.

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Have you seen people on diet with 300 different books? Do you think they are succeeding? When you have training materials collected on your bookshelf with 5, 10 or 15 sources, you are sending mixed signals to your people and to yourself. Here’s what I recommend. Find one philosophy and give it all you’ve got. Follow it to the point where you have tried everything to make it work. On the other hand, when you find that it does not work for you, give it up and never look back!!

Often, businesses are very proud to show me the materials on their shelves and tell me that they are committed to growth and development of their people. Often, what they are referring to is a “little bit of this and little bit of that” philosophy with no commitment to one. While a variety of philosophies are great in producing great ideas and creating new insights, they fail in the one thing that matters most when it comes to training: results that come from a lasting change in behavior.

That’s it for now. Here’s the full list that I will cover in the coming weeks and months. In the mean time, please let me know if you have any thoughts or experiences to share on any of them.

1. Failure to Commit to a Single Philosophy or Methodology

2. Thinking “Training is for My People, Not for Me” Or “I am ‘Above’ Training; It’s for My People” 

3. Viewing Trainer as Subservient to You

4. Training is Conducted to Fix the Hiring Mistakes

5. Wrong Training is Delivered to Wrong People

6. Putting an Underperformer in Training and Hoping that She will Outperform Your Top Producer

7. Expecting a “Graduation Date” for Your Training Efforts. Certificate Mentality Versus Learning Mentality

8. Putting All Your Money in Technical or Skills Training Versus Human Side of Training

9. Ignoring Doing a Return On Analysis on Any Training You Invest In

10. Viewing Training as a Commodity

11. Expecting Training to be Easy and Comfortable

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