A well-designed training system makes evaluation efforts much easier, but you need to know what you are doing. This ends-means approach to training systems design is exemplified by the United States Coast Guard, and its dedicated to training excellence. Read about the Level 3 evaluation system I helped design and implement at USCG Recruit Training Center Cape May.
High-performing training systems all have well designed curriculum architectures. Curriculum architectures are complex things, but at their core are a series of performance and learning objectives. These objectives not only help establish the requirements for a system, but are the foundation of a top notch post-training evaluation program.
Training Program Evaluation is a critical component to building a Training System that produces value for your organization. However, it's often one of the most neglected pieces of a training strategy. Organizations that fail to shine a light on these programs are at risk not only for wasteful spending, but enabling toxic organizational politicos to establish a foothold in your business.
Brainstorming can be one of the most fun and engaging parts of any job. It gives folks the ability to be open, creative, and explore new opportunities. However, it can also be a painful experience fraught with politics, personality conflicts, and end up being a big waste of time. Read this article for tips on how to keep your brainstorming activities productive, engaging, and fun!