Is Your Lean Training a Waste of Time?
Last week, my company had Jamie Flinchbaugh, from the Lean Learning Center, in for some follow up on training his organization gave us back in November. A point that Jamie makes during every session is about doing something with what we learned. If we leave any training session and do nothing with it, then by definition it is waste, because we haven’t changed anything and we can do that without spending time in training.
This is something I have taken to heart for a few years now. Anytime I go to training or learning session, I make it a point to learn something new that can help me in my work. More importantly, I try to incorporate what I learned into my work or thinking where appropriate.
After applying this for so many years and listening to Jamie last week, I finally realized I had never expected the people I am teaching to do anything with what I have taught them.
There are two reasons why I haven’t done it. One is I have never told any class I have taught my expectations are they will take something from the class and apply it. I need to be clear and explicit about expectations.
The second reason is I have never incorporated any time into the class for them to think about and develop an action plan on how to apply something that was taught. If the expectations are to take something from the class and apply it, then I should make it easy for them to develop an action plan. Giving them time in class allows them to think about it while it is fresh. Plus, having a support group to talk to can help. Also, I can be there to answer any questions they have.
I made changes last Friday with a training session I conducted. I set the expectations and I allowed time to think about and develop action plans to apply what they learned. My hypothesis is this will increase the number of changed behaviors and actions after attending my training sessions. Otherwise, it would have been a waste of their time.
Posted on April 13, 2011, in Development, Learning, My Continuous Improvement, Training and tagged Continuous Improvement, Development, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center, Learning, Training. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.