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Why Training Programs Fail
Most organizations groom their people. They want to develop leaders, build teams, and engage employees. This is why they spend millions on training programs.
Unfortunately, many of these training programs fail to deliver desired results. Here are five reasons.
1. Most training programs don’t have measurable goals. Many organizations who have professional development programs aren’t very sure how they’ll measure success. They want to get more for one or two day training programs hoping that participants will “learn” and retain a few.
Learning doesn’t happen because you trained people. Learning happens when participants acquire new skills and adapt few behaviors that will drive desired results.
You must be able to measure the results of your training and other learning experiences.
2. Training programs given for the sake of training. They are bound to fail. Many training managers provide training programs to employees because their KPIs require them to deliver four or more training programs in a month. This is why many employees feel that training programs are not necessary.
There are also those who believe that training is meant to “cure” them and they think they are blamed for low performance. This happens when training are not aligned to the business objectives of the organization and when participants don’t fully understand the role that training plays in personal and organizational development.
You can find dozens of learning experience strategies. But each must serve a clear and measurable purpose. Each must serve to equip employees and you ought to sell them to employees. You cannot program people to adapt new behaviors without their permission.
3. Training, like motivational speaking, is a default intervention of managers. They are usually given without context. There is no adequate understanding as to the challenges of the individuals and of the organization. The behaviors of employees, of their leaders, are influenced by organizational climate and culture.
Most canned programs are either trainer-centered or subject-centered. They were not designed for your organization. They were not meant for the individual challenges of the participants.
So you can design the most appropriate and the best learning experiences, you must begin with understanding. Find out what the organizations and its people are meant to do. Don’t just purchase any training programs in the market. Context is very important.
4. Many training programs initiated by HR or training department do not get the full support of participant’s supervisors. I know of many managers who think that sending their people into a classroom training will make their jobs easy. That they don’t need to coach or mentor the participants after the training. I know also of those who are dismissive of the new learning experiences of the participants.
Training is just another learning experience that will easily go to waste when organizational leaders do not have a learning culture. You need the full support of the participant’s supervisors in designing and delivering new learning experiences.
5. Many training programs spread learning content too thinly. In one or two day training programs, managers expect participants to learn a thousand ways to do x, y, and z. They want to make the most of their money, of course.
But this is wasting more money.
Leaders don’t change because they know more; they change when they learn from experience. The best practice is to help learning master few skills and adapt new behaviors that really matter.
I encourage you not to waste your money. Please don’t be left behind. Explore other opportunities to provide your people learning experiences that will speed up their growth and 10x the success of your organization.
Multiply your impact ten times.
Pursue personal excellence. Build teams, Engage your leaders. Leverage learning experience so you can speed up growth and 10x your results.
There are those who think that this is impossible.
They’ve tried so many times to develop effective leaders, build teams, and engage every individual in the organization — and they failed again and again.
We must keep believing. We have great intentions. We only need to change our strategies.
Speed up and 10x your success.
Examine how you equip yourself and others.
Many organizations are still dependent on traditional leadership training and mindless team building events.
We don’t have to reinvent everything. Google, Apple, Amazon, and modern great companies can teach us simpler and faster ways to create new learning experiences.
Design engaging and impactful learning experiences so you can create breakthroughs.
Remember, it is very likely that you’ll produce the same results (provided everything around you remains the same) if you kept on doing the same things.
However, the needs of our customers are changing and unless we deliberately make positive changes today, we’ll be left behind the next day. Your customers and your employees demands more from your organization.
My name is Jef Menguin
I am the Founder of Business Innovation Talent Development.
I assist organizations in creating success opportunities. I will help you develop winning employee behaviors and implement engagement strategies through workshops, consulting, and executive coaching.
Equip and engage leaders.
Let leaders create the new practices.
Everyday Leadership Workshop that Drives Performance
In theory, many leadership training programs sound good. They sell because we want to become better leaders, we hunger for elegant ideas.
People buy leadership books that promise transformation in 100 days.
They join basic leadership seminars or leadership master classes.
The adjectives describing various attributes of leadership grow each day.
I think that you can accelerate learning, skip the so-called "basic leadership training" which are usually nothing but a hodge-podge of everything. Instead, position your leaders ahead.
Focus your target learning into three areas: behavioral change, execution, and engagement.
The program Everyday Leadership, based on Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner, get you ahead from the very start.
I love the study findings of Kouzes and Posner on leadership. They shared these in the book Leadership Challenge which was first published in 1987. The book is still relevant until today and thousands of seminars are conducted worldwide so leaders learn to model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.
And I chose to design a different leadership learning program using Leadership Challenge as a syringe.
I know that leaders who want to learn leadership can buy the book and all the other resources that will be given in seminars. But to accelerate learning and 10x the impact, you cannot put your trust on canned seminars.
Place the participants at the center of the learning experience and make the program desirable and fun.
Answer the following questions:
1. How can leaders in Filipino companies put into everyday action the five practices of exemplary leadership?
2. How can I use principles in learning experience design, gamification, and engagement to accelerate learning?
3. How can organizations use leadership challenge as a framework so they can develop leaders according to their core and strategic competencies?
Model the Way, for example, is one of the practices. I help companies find out how their leaders can model the way for their organization.
A manager in a manufacturing company in Calamba, Laguna has to "model the way" of the company. That manager may model innovation, productivity, people smart skills, and others. That will surely be different to how a department head in an LGU is expected to model integrity, service, and excellence.
For everyday leaders, not the idealized leaders in books, must model different values and competencies.
Everyday Leadership Workshop is not your same-old, same-old basic leadership training program.
(If you are looking for a textbook based program, you don't need to send your people to another leadership training. Buy books for your supervisors and managers so they can learn the basics. Require them to report how they'll apply what they will learn to their every day tasks as leaders.)
Everyday Leadership Workshop provide new learning experiences for leaders.
It is fast. It is inexpensive, relevant, and engaging just like all the other leadership learning programs that I designed for people-first clients.
You may go to Everyday Leadership Workshop page to learn more about the details. There you may download a more detailed printable copy.
Mastering the 4 Disciplines of Execution
Great strategy needs great execution.
Though leaders are divided on which is more important between strategy and execution. I think what matters most is you get the best strategy and excellent execution from top to bottom.
You cannot separate strategy and execution. None will be great without the other.
Filipino leaders will find the principles in Four Disciplines of Execution a big boost to the achievement of their goals.
In many organizations, the inability to focus prevents many supervisors and managers to get things done. They have to "think" of so many things that they don't have time to think. Elegant strategies die without seeing the light of day because every one are too busy doing their jobs.
Many employees complain about multi-tasking. Job descriptions are confusing. Success measures aren't clear.
I designed the 4DX Workshops with the Filipino leaders in mind. It was inspired by two books: The Four Discipline of Execution and the Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. This is not the same workshop conducted everywhere in the world.
4DX Workshops will not reduce chaos. It will not get rid of multi-tasking. It will not make you just do one thing. For everyone expects us to do something for them. People around us are competing for our time and attention.
What 4DX can do for every leaders is that it will help them get Big Things done. By Big Things I mean the most important and most impactful part of your business. It will ensure that your people will give attention to that which really matter though chaos is all around them.
I like the concept that 4DX is another syringe.
We don't just want desirable ideas. We want to see if they are practicable and sustainable. This why I designed this 4DX Workshop.
To get the most of the learning experience, I will get provide your leaders opportunities to learn the principles and concepts of the Four Discipline of Execution before the workshop. Your leaders will get to learn what I know. We shall be speaking a common language. And what the purpose of the workshop?
The workshop becomes a master class. You'll learn 4DX by doing it. You will not just be acquiring new knowledge.
You will identify your two to three most important goals.
You will zero-in on the lead measure you must act on.
You will design your scoreboard.
You will simulate your meetings.
The approach is not only experiential. This workshop jumpstart your action learning project.
You may contact me now. Or you can learn more about the 4DX Workshops.
Engaging Leadership that 10x Results
Engaging leaders unleash the potentials of individuals and organizations. You know that everyday leaders are fully engaged when they can influence everyone to behave in certain ways to achieve measurable business goals.
In Everyday Leadership Workshop, we use the Five Practices of Exemplary as a Framework to so you can actualize your core values and competencies. In the Four Disciplines of Execution, you will master the framework that help leaders get things done. In the Engaging Leadership Workshop, you will equip leaders so they can influence others to practice and master vital behaviors that leads individuals, teams, and the whole organization to success.
This workshop goes beyond the discussion of the Influencer Model.
The learning experiences are designed so that you get will be able to produce or enhance your employee engagement program. We shall use Design Thinking tools, gamification, Appreciate Inquiry Principles, and behavioral psychology.
To make the most of the Engaging Leadership Workshop, participants will be provide opportunities to learn concepts and try some of the tools in pre-workshop activities.
This workshop will help leaders avoid the motivation trap. Many of them believe that the problem in productivity are caused by lack of motivation. That's not true. There are many overmotivated underachievers in the workplace.
Many Filipino organizations, when they find that the motivation of their employees are lacking, hire motivational speakers to solve the problem. In this workshop, they'll discover how to engineer growth by electrifying engagement, not just mere motivation. And if they are to motivate people, it will be intentional.
People will be engaged to practice behaviors that make them, the teams, and organization successful.
When interested to equip your leaders to become more engaging, you may contact me. Or you can learn more at the workshop page.
Build High Impact Teams.
Your first job as a leader is to be a better leader. Next is to build leaders and engage your teams. I can help you design and facilitate remarkable team building experiences.
I follow a consulting process so your team can design team learning as a solution, not just another day away of work playing games.
The Philippine Team Building Facilitators
The Philippine Team Building Facilitators are sought-after consultants in developing effective teams.
They design and deliver various team building experiences in workshops, retreats, conference, and other corporate events.
They have been trusted by more than 300,000 professionals in the Philippines.
Our team building facilitators use Design Thinking, Gamification, Positive Behavioral Psychology, and the Four Disciplines of Execution.
This means that your team building experiences are products of careful thinking and are based on the best practices in team building.
Our team building facilitators provide your teams strategies and tools they can use for personal change programs so they take personal accountability and work with sense of urgency.
We also help Filipino companies apply team-based learning to drive real organizational change and tangible, measurable results.
The Philippine Team Building Facilitators are highly ranked facilitators of Business Innovation, a people development company.
Will team building get us more business?
Yes and no.
Let me first explain why many team building programs do not lead to the improvement of your business. It begins with some wrong beliefs.
There are those who believe that by having your teams compete in outdoor team building, they will make them more competitive -- and this will result to improved performance.
This is not true. Many organizations have very competitive employees who refuse to collaborate. In organizations where silos is a big issue, workplace competition can only be made worst by competition-based activities that produce few winners and many losers.
Playing games, without thinking, cannot make you get more business.
Many managers hope that team building can change the attitude and behavior of their employees. But they don't know how - and they don't know when. They don't have anything that will measure success. Hope isn't a strategy.
Our organization is here for you to be able to innovate and make more business. Business Innovation, our companies name, is also our promise.
It is no secret that engaged and empowered team members reflect positively on your business. They stay with the organization. They delight customers. People want to do business with them.
Our secrets is in our process. We begin with your business objectives, not in selling your games or team building facilities.
We help you frame your challenges (including business challenges!). We design solutions. We help you execute your solutions.
This process makes us better than most of the team building facilitators in the Philippines.
We would like to include a team building activity during our off-site meeting. How can you help us?
Many of our programs are tailored to build a bridge from your overall meeting theme and/or objectives to the team building experience. From a couple of hours to multi-day team building programs, we will create an experience that augments the content of your off-site meeting and provides meaningful alignment to current business challenges.
How much does a team building program cost?
The Philippine Team Building Facilitators do not have a set per person cost for programs.
Instead, each program's cost is determined after we discuss your specific requirements. Then, we send you an email describing programs and costs. We have fee matrix that we reference relative to your group size, program length, materials, and staffing requirements.
We can do team building consulting for 20 as well as 2000 people. Different team building requirements require different number of faciltators or speakers. For example, a conference may require only one speaker or dozens of facilitators. Some programs, especially outdoor experiences require one facilitator per 15 participants whereas an indoor team tournament may require only one facilitator per 30 persons.
The fewer the participants and the shorter the program, per person cost will be higher per hour than for larger groups and longer programs. Facilitators who charge per hour will naturally want you to spend longer hours for team building.
In truth, the length of the program must be determined based on your business objectives, the availability of your participants, and the kind of team building programs. The fee for half-day team building isn't one-half of a day of team building. It takes us 7 to 14 days to design and develop materials for your workshop whether you want to hold it for two-hours, half-day, one day or three days. In short, we want you to achieve the same objectives for the shortest time possible.
We are cost conscious and competitive.
Consider a public seminar. In the Philippines, you pay 4500 or more per person listening to a speaker. In a team building exercise, you can learn faster and better for you are learning with your team. For example, you can learn more about effective communication in a team building exercise because it is experiential, more fun, and active. In a classroom, you pay 4500 for sitting silently and listening to a speaker. Team building provides 6x learning and 10x fun.
You will find team building facilitators who sell themselves as the lowest cost provider. We aim to be your greatest value provider.
Lead and Influence People.
Make people love what they ought to do.
I am Jef Menguin. In addition to being a strategic advisor to executives in leadership and engagement, I am a professional speaker on change leadership, personal excellence, and teamwork.
I design workplace learning experiences for leaders — and I mentor facilitators, speakers, and trainers on how to make positive differences in their organizations.
I am passionate about people, multiplier mindset, family, love of country, entrepreneurship, and adventure.
Lead Better is a call to action. Almost daily, I write about leadership, personal excellence, team building, and engagement. I write for my readers, myself, and my son.
I write to share what I have learned and because I want to learn.
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