April Sabral

/ Mindset

There is a difference between training and development, most people lump them together. Below are 20 myth busting statements about training versus development.

If you are trying to grow your organization, its important that you spend time on training, so that every function is powering at maximum productivity.

However maybe more important is to continue to develop your leaders. This can have an incredible effect on your organization in terms of attracting and recruiting top talent, and building a culture that fosters growth. When you accomplish this your company objectives will be exceeded, and you will become known for being top in class at what you do.

Many of us get stuck focusing on the result, but be cautious of this. The result is just that the result, and it comes from a team of motivated and developed people.

The following 20 items point out some of the main differences between training and development:

  • Training blends to a norm “ Development occurs beyond the norm.
  • Training focuses on technique/content/curriculum “ Development focuses on people.
  • Training tests patience “ Development tests courage.
  • Training focuses on the present “ Development focuses on the future.
  • Training adheres to standards “ Development focuses on maximizing potential.
  • Training is transactional “ Development is transformational.
  • Training focuses on maintenance “ Development focuses on growth.
  • Training focuses on the role “ Development focuses on the person.
  • Training indoctrinates “ Development educates.
  • Training maintains status quo “ Development catalyzes innovation.
  • Training stifles culture “ Development enriches culture.
  • Training encourages compliance “ Development emphasizes performance.
  • Training focuses on efficiency “ Development focuses on effectiveness.
  • Training focuses on problems “ Development focuses on solutions.
  • Training focuses on reporting lines “ Development expands influence.
  • Training places people in a box “ Development frees them from the box.
  • Training is mechanical “ Development is intellectual.
  • Training focuses on the knowns “ Development explores the unknowns.
  • Training places people in a comfort zone “ Development moves people beyond their comfort zones.
  • Training is finite “ Development is infinite.

If what you desire is a robotic, static thinker “ train them. If you are seeking innovative, critical thinkers “ develop them. It is impossible to have an enterprise which is growing and evolving if leadership is not.

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