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January 24, 2006


I was running a course where one attendee sat there flicking through some random documents, then left half way through saying "I don't think this is much use to me, I don't really know why I'm here".

What was most frustrating about this was that it was an in-house course where every attendee had volunteered to take part, knowing the areas that would be covered.

I think that their boss had 'delegated' the responsibility downwards rather than attend in person. Unless the training is of use to the attendees, they shouldn't be there.

Rob - Agreed, this is a big problem too. In general, I am not a big advocate for sheep dip training or voluntary training perceived as sheep dip training.

Hi Lisa, I'll be watching your subsequent post with interest.

You're opening a BIG can of worms here.

One part of this is about moving from a world where we believed in authority and liked to be told what to do, to one of individual self-expression.

Some training won't go down well because I don't think people want to be trained... they want to create their own meaning. My shorthand for that is facilitation rather than training. Itself riddled with pitfalls!

Johnnie - That's me, worm girl. Yes, I think so many shifts are occuring with control at the heart of things. As we buy into shifting our some of our business processes and practices, we need to align everything we do - including training.

Just stumbled on the Management craft blog - sorry to add a comment to such an old post - but THIS is exactly where we are coming from with Sharp End Training in the UK.

Like the "sheep dip training" comment above

Thanks for information.
many interesting things

I wonder, are you still having the same conversations you were having 3 years ago? 5 years ago? The paradigms of health, branding, marketing - they are all shifting in dramatic ways, and to remain relevant, you must learn to change your tune, reinvent the conversation, picture things differently.

No. I think training isn't a waste of time. It's one of the best way to improve productivity in the workplace. Employees learn the basic theories of work ethics and practices during trainings and then apply the same in their respective tasks.

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