Ordinarily when I set out to write a blog post, I reflect on what’s happened over the last couple of weeks and use my own personal learning as a basis for my ramble. This week however I must apologise upfront. You see, this week I have decided to treat myself to a little bit of a rant.
Given the tidal wave of political change taking place this week it would be easy to assume this is another of those blog posts engineered around Brexit. Good news it isn’t. Nor is this a blog about whether or not it’s a good or bad thing that populist politics seem to be taking over. No, none of that, not here. In fact, it is much more straight forward. This week’s rant is all about the conversations and messages I’ve had in the last few weeks with individual’s who have said either:
- Training is too expensive
- Training takes too much time
- I just need to focus on the short term
- I haven’t got the funding for a large-scale transformation programme
If you’ll permit me, I would like to clarify something. Absolutely none of these are viable excuses. Not one of them. Why? I shall tell you.
- Training is too expensive – Why? What solutions have you looked at? Do you need a full consultancy service, or do you need something to address the skills shortage in a team? Are your leaders working to deliver your strategy for you or are you trying to do everything yourself? Sometimes a simple half day session can make all the difference and align your people in the right way to achieve more, that leads to productivity and ultimately to an uplift in performance. Resources and finances are often wasted by utilising training where it is not the solution. Take a moment and consider if your communication strategy is working for you and whether you are engaging with your employees effectively. A failure in one or both of these could lead to massive losses in terms of productivity and results.
- Training takes too much time – Only if you let it! I have spoken to many people who have decided that they need a 5-day leadership programme without even considering the needs of their business or their people first. With so many different delivery solutions out there from standard face to face solutions to digital experiences, microlearning and self-guided research, why does it need to take too much time? Quite simply, it doesn’t.
- I just need to focus on the short term – Ok fine, the short term does need addressing but without fixing the fundamental flaws you will struggle and trigger larger issues in the future. Get ahead and start planning now, this stuff matters!
- I haven’t got the funding for a large-scale transformation programme – Not every issue requires a programme requiring thousands of pounds worth of investment. Sometimes a few simple tweaks to existing work practices and the development solutions you are offering can be enough. Have you taken the time out to review if your processes are working and that you have invested in the right areas for your business and your people?
That feels much better. Thank you for letting me get that out there. So, moving forward what will I be doing about it? For me there will be some changes. I’ll be focusing on how development does not need to cost the earth and how it can make a difference. I firmly believe that L&D matters and all individuals should have the opportunity to grow, learn and experience new ways of working.
To help businesses achieve this we’ll be launching a range of short half day sessions engineered for internal programme delivery that will allow you to take control of your development solutions. We will provide all the information you need to deliver a programme effectively and to address some of the common issues I’ve identified over the years.
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In the meantime, thank you again for letting me have a rant. Enjoy the weekend and I promise to be more upbeat again next time. That is unless something else upsets me.