Training on the Defense

More than we have seen in years, the training function is on the defense in many companies hoping to prove their worth enough to keep their jobs.  In too many companies, the training function is simply an expense that can be eliminated to save money, which is truth from a limited perspective.

For the past couple of years I have been on a crusade to help the corporate training function get into a healthy and productive position that would keep them off the expense chopping block.  While my intentions have been with a pure heart that a healthy training function makes all the difference in a company’s ability to execute, I have been blamed for highlighting what unhealthy looks like.

Many of my peers in training are of the belief that keeping the true purpose of training a secret allows them to misguide management into believing that they are an indispensible function.  I have responded many times that if you work on proving training’s worth, you need never worry about being out of work.

Starting in 2013, my focus is going to be on improving workplace performance on both an individual and group basis.  Conducting a review of the internal training function (The Training Physical) will be but one of the tools I will use to evaluate the causes of weak performance.

When you realize that training is only a solution that works about 50% of the time to fix poor performance, it is almost scary how often we miss the real issues!

I still hold firm that a healthy training department can prevent a lot of performance issues, I never will or should hold them more than 50% responsible for the cure.

I’m up for the challenge, and look forward to meeting new people next year that are troubled about an area of performance among their team that needs improving.  I am excited about working together to identify and apply the necessary fixes that will make their work lives better and their companies more profitable.

If you have a challenge, or know of someone who needs help, let’s talk. –


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