What Training Is And Is Not!

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    Is it true or false, ” training programs too frequently occur because a few people decide a particular program is needed, or that the latest training fad can be sold to top management. They find the money to get it started and measure success by how many people enroll.”?

    How do best companies integrate training and create learning? What is your personal definition of training? Does your company have the support from top management and key decision makers to ensure that the organization is prepared to support and nurture the new knowledge and behaviors that training will create? How often does your organization conduct organizational needs and link training to assessed needs? Is your agency or organization considered a learning organization? My last but two important questions for me, 1) what diagnostic model of the training process are you using? and, 2) does your organization link training and employee development process?

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    Henry Brown

    Would offer also: Sometimes training programs occur because some external source deems that it is necessary whether it be a fad or a “legal” requirement AND the only measurement of success is completion rate.

    Have/had seen very little integration of training and learning, one of the few exceptions would be where DoD requirements were for all IT specialists to be certified which involved a significant amount training.

    The downside of “training programs”, at least in my several decades of government service, is/was the relationship to training programs and budgets… Suspect that the primary reason was the less than stellar believe in training programs and a significant number of managers not seeing the connection between training and learning.

    There was some effort, in the last 10 years, to link training to the individual learning needs but IMO this was not overly successful for at least several reasons:

    A: the mindset “I didn’t get any training so why should you” by some managers

    B: the rather direct linking to training and budget issues

    C: the perception that those who got training were getting it because of favoritism

    The 2 cases where the training program(s) were at least somewhat linked to learning the “diagnostic” model was if you were certified then you were most likely well trained.

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