There is a myth that we need to send "people out for training". As someone who has spent significant time in the last few decades supporting formal and informal educational initiatives, interally and extreenaly in organizations, this is myth.
Today there are so many options we can provide for employees to help them learn and grow. Consider these:
Job Shadowing with another peer or someone in a different department. Cross-training can be an important process with strengthening culture and also building a more agile workforce.
Special projects - Special projects can also provide an opportunity for employees who may not be able to move horizontally to continue to expand their skill set. In my former world of work, special projects I was tasked with continued to sharpen my skills and expand my comfort zone. I attribute the experience on some of these special projects as key experiences in helping me run a successful learning business today.
Mentoring - Mentoring continues to be an overlooked development opportunity to build capacity across organizations. In recent conversations I have had with mentors and proteges I support through designing mentoring training with their organization, I continue to hear what an important learning process it is and "why didn't we start earlier"? Contact me to explore what mentoring might look like in your organization for 2016. Mentoring can also happen virtually and doesn't need to be face-to-fa e.
E-Learning - E-Learning can be a great tool for on-demand and self-paced learning, especially when your organization needs learning now, and in smaller batches. E-Learning is not just about PowerPoint and in fact can be very interactive This year we developed a Coaching and Mentoring E-Learning Program which is now being rolled out in health care. Contact me for more information on this training package.
Coaching - Bringing small groups together to explore topics related to strengths, styles, is another way to build capacity and foster learning (and relationships!) within organizations. Some of the projects i have been involved with in supporting this year around group coaching include design and development of new group coaching programs for leaders, and train-the-trainers for internal staff in group coaching skills.
What learning opportunities would you and your team benefit from this year?
Have a great Wednesday,
Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPT
Potentials Realized - Leadership and Team Development, Coaching, Retreats
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
Email us to find out how we can support you and your team in the areas of team development, mentoring, coaching or even e-learning.