The Future of Training & Development

I’ve written recently about several trends I’ve been seeing in the marketplace as a result of the organizational restructuring that is sweeping both the small and corporate business landscape. Another area that is being influenced is the process of Training and Development.

More and more companies have been outsourcing the process over the last few years, relying on subject-matter experts and training companies to provide training and facilitation, both in-house and otherwise. Even larger corporations like Wal-Mart, that have been conducting training and development in-house for some time, with field training being provided via the company’s web-based intranet, have been using external facilitators to meet the continuing demand for training from all of their Associates, suppliers, vendors, manufacturers, etc.

Companies are having a difficult time working half-day, full-day, or multiple day seminars into the work schedules of the employees and into the expense budgets of the organization. As a result, there will be a continuing demand for training specialists and facilitators to provide what I’ll call “Snapshot Seminars.”

Truth Be Told, I’ve been providing just such a vehicle for the last few years with amazing results.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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