Written for TrainingIndustry.com
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath Water Part 3
This article is the final part of a three-part series. The first segment discussed how the idiom “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” is analogous to threats to instructor-led training. Additionally, the seven problems inherent in using traditional instructor-led training today and how ILT’s problems impact training’s stakeholders were discussed. Part Two discussed four of the six attributes of a revolutionary systems approach to ILT that fixes its problems and how to make it more workable and impactful in today’s workforce: e.g., 1) build a training system, not a program; 2) establish a platform better suited for today; 3) standardize the delivery timeframe and format; 4) use a participant-centric training approach. This segment discusses the final two attributes to fix ILT’s problems and make it more workable and impactful for today’s workplace: e.g., 1) provide all the components and tools needed; 2) build in better cost controls. The problems inherent in using traditional instructor-led training today are pervasive and impact all stakeholders. However, given its long-tenured utility, I contend that before we get rid of ILT (throwing the baby out…, if you will), we fix the problems and make ILT much more workable and impactful for today’s workplace by making revolutionary changes.