Last month we were talking about professional training. This was inspired by ASQ’s Global State of Quality research, which showed that organizations with a centralized quality group are 30 percent more likely to provide training to their employees. Although many Influential Voices bloggers wrote in favor of training in the workplace, many also encouraged quality professionals to take charge of their own training and proactively seek opportunities.
Take a look:
Tim McMahon writes that managers should be teachers and initiate training and skill development. Nicole Radziwill encourages us to share talent that is already within our companies instead of always looking at external solutions.
John Priebe tells quality professionals to seek their own opportunities—don’t just wait for your organization to offer training. Jennifer Stepniowski proposes some solutions for quality professionals in small and mid-size organizations that often don’t have a budget for training. Babette Ten Haken also writes about the challenges of training at small organizations and for entrepreneurs.
Manu Vora makes the case that training should reflect organizational strategies and major projects. Jimena Calfa thinks of training as an investment—and, yes, continuous improvement—for a company. Lotto Lai observes that training often has a narrow scope—companies are more focused on financial return rather than training itself.
Scott Rutherford suggests some ways to determine whether your organization is getting the right kind of training. Guy Wallace writes that training should be specific and tied to results, not just activity. Bob Mitchell describes the training program developed by his employer, 3M. Shon Isenhour recommends teaching methods to use when conducting training.
Anshuman Tiwari writes a humorous post about the mistakes companies make with training—his suggestion is to do training early in the year to train employees for work that will need to be done. And James Lawther contributes a tongue-in-cheek post about the value of failure in training.
Michael Noble focuses on training options in the healthcare field. Edwin Garro has a special focus on training in Central America. Don Brecken writes about quality training in academia. And Jeffrey Phillips writes about training versus innovation at companies—are we putting resources into training to the detriment of innovation?
On a different note, Dan Zrymiak writes about the connection between Labor Day and the principles of Dr. Deming. He focuses on the holiday in the U.S. and Canada, but perhaps you will find similarities to your country.