There is no shortage of training options in the market today, but tight budgets and limited funds are forcing agencies to be more selective when it comes to evaluating those options. So, what to do?
The next time you consider which training program to sign up for, ask yourself these four questions:
1. Will this training help protect me and my
Any expenditure of time and resources needs
to bring a return on investment. Whether its your town, city,
office, or classroom, daily business transactions flow much better in a safe and
secure environment. Threats come to us in several ways. And not
always in physical form. Threats can take shape of economic,
commercial, or even psychological forms, which threaten the morale and
stability of our organization. Training programs must - even it it is
in a small way - address this issue.
2. What keeps me and
my organization from getting sued?
You don't need a lawyer to tell
you we live in a litigious society. Maybe you've never experienced the stress
of a lawsuit or know someone who has. That doesn't mean it
won't happen to you. Even if your agency is the target of a
and prevails, the trouble's not over. There are court
costs, public relations nightmares, and possible terminations you may still
have to deal with. Training you how to do a job is good.
Training you how to be effective while minimizing your risk for liability is
3. What keeps me from being tricked or
We as leaders have to
make decisions that effect the lives of others. We need the ability to
quickly assess the accuracy of information we are given that forms the
basis of our decisions. When we get tricked or lied
to, people get
hurt. It's as simple as that. A training program that
does not account for this factor is short-sighted.
What helps me win?
This is not about ego or type-A
personalities. If we're looking out for the good of the team,
for the good of our community, then when we win, everybody wins. Although
this may get lost on our society, it should never be lost on
us. Don't just train in strategies to help you win
for yourself. Fit your goals within a larger
context. Learn to
leveraging your unique capacity within the
group to add value to others. It's incredibly powerful.
RTG, we routinely ask ourselves these questions. The answers we receive
form the basis of every training course or content we
deliver. It is at the heart of who we are. The next time
you consider attending a training seminar or event, ask yourself
these four question. Make sure you're getting the right answers.
Question: What other factors do you consider when
attending a training event? We want to hear about it.
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