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Trainer Development

April 16, 2008

Over the last couple of months I’ve laid down what I consider to be the foundations for an effective OJT trainer, but this is just the beginning. Like Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) said to Neo (Keanu Reeves) in “The Matrix” – “I can only show you the door”. I hope that I have demonstrated that greater effectiveness is only a few simple actions away. Sure there is no substitute for experience, but there are certainly better ways of doing some things.

The next steps

I posted a series on student development and the actions they can take to enhance their post-training development. Why should it be any different for the trainer? This is a rhetorical question of course and the answer is, “it isn’t”. The trainer can rest on their laurels and get by or they can take positive steps and go from just being a ‘trainer’ to being a ‘great trainer’.

To recap, the first post gave an overview of student development and listed the three areas they could work on to improve their knowledge and skills. The following three posts gave some more detail information on each of these avenues.

  • The development plan explain how a carefully considered course of action can help you make measured progress over a period of time. This may be given as part of you annual performance and review program but  there is nothing stopping you from adding additional challenges to the program.
  • The ongoing actions lists behaviours you can adopt as part of your work routine to identify and better receive developmental opportunities.
  • Self investment describes some activities you can undertake to ‘invest a little time back in yourself’. In essence, it is looking for opportunities to improve your overall knowledge and skills and make you a ‘more rounded’ employee with a wider scope of experience. The suggestions are targeted at a newly endorsed employee but in the next post I’ll add a few extra resources that are a bit more relevant to your current situation.

Take a few moments to review these and consider how they could apply to your development.

Let me know if there is anything else that you do to avoid becoming ‘stale’.


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