The Answer to Boosting Talent Is Probably Not Training

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Let’s say you have been charged with boosting the workforce performance at your organization. There is a hiring freeze so you have to lift the capabilities of your current talent pool. Most assume (to the collective tune of over $100 billion spent on corporate training per year) that the best course of action is to conduct more training programs.

But we are here to tell you that training on its own is NOT the answer.

Yes, we are a consulting and training company. And we love improving skills, changing behaviors and increasing performance. So why do we believe that training alone is not the answer to increase performance?

Because we have completed over 800 training measurement projects and learned that only 1-in-5 people change their behavior from training alone.

In general, for training to work, it must have high relevance, clear success metrics, identified skills and behaviors, targeted goals, effective training measurement, consistent performance monitoring and frequent coaching so that it is actually applied on the job. Otherwise, training is just an exercise in “checking the box” and spending hard-earned money with no real business impact or performance return. Ideally, training, just like any other business investment, should be conducted only when it can impact meaningful business results that matter.

Our organizational alignment research found that Talent accounts for up to 29% of the difference between high and low performing organizations. Investing in developing a workforce that can create a unique advantage for your company is certainly smart. But you need to do it right.

Assess and grow your talent by following these proven steps:

  1. Start with Strategic Business Clarity.
    Evaluate your strategic business priorities and be clear about the specific business metrics you want to move. Otherwise you are operating in the dark with no business priorities to tie your talent management or training strategies to.
  2. Create a Talent Management Strategy that is Aligned with the Business Strategy.
    Once your business strategy is clear and you have shaped and aligned your high performance culture for that strategy, it is time to focus on an aligned talent management strategy – how you attract, develop, engage and retain talent that fits your unique situation. Take a close look at and prioritize the most important current and future strategic jobs, skills, and people.
  3. Focus on Talent Contribution.
    An effective talent management strategy focuses on how your unique approach to talent will accelerate your strategic plan. Gain agreement from all stakeholders on how your current and future employees will best contribute to your company’s competitive advantage. Then create a believable and implementable plan to make it happen.
  4. Be Strategic About Talent Development.
    Plan an overall talent development approach that includes a training needs assessment of current talent, a development program to support critical skill gaps, and the building of management skills that can sustain high performance through reinforcement and coaching. You need both a short- and long-term plan that integrates people practices with strategic success.
  5. Differentiate Your Top Talent.
    Top companies know that different people contribute differently to organizational success and treat top people differently. Make sure that you disproportionately invest in your high-value and high-performing employees. They are the ones who can sustain your competitive advantage. Ensure they feel valued for their contributions. Make them feel special. Keep them challenged, engaged and retained.

Don’t be the organization that continues to waste dollars each year on training and development programs that fail to produce tangible behavior change or business results.

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