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    Is training really paying off?

    For those of you investing in training............

    How do we sustain motivation levels? How do we get our staff to implement what they have been taught? These questions are asked of training providers on a daily basis. Make it STICK!

    Bottom line is that the training providers can and do provide the tools for the delegates. We can also provide the motivation and confidence for that learner to walk away and have the courage to implement new ideas. But motivation is like showering. You need to do it often for it to have an affect on your life.

    How do we thus encourage this culture of ongoing learning, improvement and motivation?

    8 simple steps to STICKABILITY!

    1. Ensure that the entire work force is on the same track regarding excellence
    2. Encourage colleagues to mention and reward excellence when spotted in others
    3. Get your learners to share their training experience with all their colleagues
    4. Make sure your delegate rates the workshop content and commits to implementing specifics
    5. Have a method of follow up for implementation
    6. Ensure that the upline are all aware of the training and do not dismiss new ideas willynilly
    7. Plan a follow up course for the learner, only rewarded if goals in no.5 are met.
    8. Make sure that the company goal for the learner matches the learner’s goal for the learner!

    © Debbie Engelbrecht 23rd January 2008
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    Hi Debbie,
    In principle I agree with what you are saying about training to be effective in the long run. In short I believe that training is as good as your management. You may train until you are blue in the face, but if the new skills, etc. are not fully supported from top management down the training will not be successfull. In many instances you would hear that the Co experiences a training problem whilst it really boils down to a management problem.

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    Faan you are so right. It has to be embraced by all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbiedle View Post
    8. Make sure that the company goal for the learner matches the learner’s goal for the learner!
    That's a big one right there, my goodness.

    I've got a guy who is driving me nuts right now.

    I want/need him to pass.
    He wants/needs the money that goes with the qualification.
    I remind him of the relationship between these two regularly.

    He cries regularly that he needs to make more money - and yet he won't do what needs to be done (study) to get it.

    Any words of wisdom for me on this?
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Dave, check that he wants the qualification itself. He may prefer to be a rock star! The subject matter is possibly of no interest to him - you need to engage him here or face the fact that you have the wrong guy earmarked!

    Similar to a kid at school! IF they like the subject they do well. Sometimes we need to point out exactly where the portion they do have an interest in, kicks into gear and how it all fits into the overall picture.

    No guitarist likes practicing scales to begin with, demonstrate that you can make a lead guitar speak to you without even placing your right hand on the strings to strum and hear the scales being practiced again and again and again.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbiedle View Post
    Dave, check that he wants the qualification itself. He may prefer to be a rock star!
    This is where it gets frustrating. Ultimately he wants the position this qualification gives, and the qualification is the only route to it. He's interested in the subject - we can talk about the intricacies for ages. But he won't open a book!

    I don't have the time or patience to read it to him. My kids are grown up - I'm past that stage. I can fire him up before he leaves work at the end of the day, next morning ask how much reading he did and he'll have some lame excuse. It's hot. It's cold. He had gas. His girlfriend needed some TLC.

    I just wanna
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Eish, some are harder than others. How badly do you want THIS individual to fill the post? Other options are:
    Find visual aid training for him
    Find interactive training for him
    Not all people like to learn from books - makes them sleep.

    He MUST help you and commit. This is essential. Ask him HOW he thinks he can have all the material complete by xyz date - let him draw up the programme. Then hold him to it.

    I understand the headbanging, chairbashing stuff *when I am not in restraints I like to do it too! hehehe*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbiedle View Post
    How badly do you want THIS individual to fill the post?
    I've hedged my bets - more in the pipeline and if they overtake - so be it.

    It's just the lunacy of it all. All the ambition. All the talent. No persistence.

    Thanks for the advice, Debbie. I'll use what I can.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    All the ambition. All the talent. No persistence.
    Hmmm.....no drive. The question that pops into my mind is, "What are his priorities?" What are his real priorities that is.

    They way I measure that for myself is to see what I spend time on. What I choose to commit my time to, says quite a lot about me and my priorities. So what drives him? Can you tap into that?
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    Hmm. In this case, socialising.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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