Align training with business priorities and coming trends.
Why do high performance sports teams film their games and practices? Why do they scout their opponents at other games? Why do they watch film of their opponents? It’s because they want to be prepared for the future. They want to know what to expect in an upcoming game. Team practice is not about coaching the fundamentals; it is about adjusting their game plan. Teams use the visual feedback from film to spot weaknesses of their opponents to exploit. All of the practice and film work is so they can do the right things, make adjustments, and win the game.
Employee training should serve the same purpose. Building a high performance corporate team requires ongoing improvement because business is a world of ongoing change. Companies must articulate and value a culture of continuous employee development. Employees should be encouraged through programs like tuition assistance and in-house training to take charge of their own professional development.
Training, however, just for the sake of training, is wrong! Employee training must support the core business mission and strategy. The training companies develop, offer, and support must also prepare employees for the future. Few corporate leaders believe that today’s talent needs will be the same in the future. Therefore companies must create a culture and partnership with employees to prepare for what it ahead. Just as high performance sports team practice and develop to win the next game, corporate teams train and develop to accomplish their mission and beat tomorrow’s competition.