Let’s Stop Wasting Billions on Corporate Training Each Year

We all know that soft skills like communications, leadership, teamwork, and management top the list of skills that employers seek. These skills are often why people actually get hired or promoted in their careers. No wonder tens of billions of dollars are spent on training for these skills each year.

Yet, 9 out of 10 frontline managers do not feel well-prepared to meet their business challenges. Why is that?

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What makes Google tick – and how that inspires us

I just read the book WORK RULES! by Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google, where he is responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining “Googlers”. Bock’s earlier experience spans roles at General Electric and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company (which happens to be where I started my career as well).

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A Paradigm Shift in Interpersonal Skills Training

In earlier posts, I described why so much of management training is wasted: despite the broad recognition of the importance of interpersonal skills and the tens of billions of dollars spent every year to build these skills, only one out of every 10 managers feels proficient at these skills. I also discussed how learning science can help, and how Next-Gen SaaS offers us a way out.

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Why Much of Management Training Is Wasted


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Interpersonal skills are critical…

We all know that interpersonal skills, or communication skills, are essential for professional success. CEOs rave about it, academics write papers about it, and managers know that’s what separates “winners” from the “also-rans”. This is true in a wide range of fields – from business to non-profits to government to academia.

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Problems with Instructor-Led Workshops – And What You Can Do About It

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Instructor-led workshops are great at many things, which is why they are used so often. They are a great way to transfer a lot of knowledge in a short time, to build camaraderie among participants, to communicate key messages and big announcements from senior executives, and to motivate the troops. So it is no wonder that, even in today’s high-tech world with all the communications tools at our disposals, we still use Instructor-led workshops as often as we do.

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Combining Effectiveness with Scale in Interpersonal Skills Training

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As I’ve discussed earlier, much of soft skills training is wasted. Although soft skills, are widely regarded as key to professional success, only one out of every 10 managers feels proficient at these skills, according to Development Dimensions International’s survey of 2,001 mid-level leaders worldwide.

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