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telegraph article today


According to a Hay Group survey reported in the Daily Telegraph (6/2/07)...
"Senior managers believed that, with more training and development programmes (for middle managers) productivity could be raised by 29%..."

What anecdotal evidence have training managers and buyers seen to support this opinion in terms of increased T&D budgets?

Rus Slater
rus slater

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  1. Believe is the operative word here
    So senior managers believe that they will get 29% productivity improvements if middle managers get more training?

    So what? Is my first response to this I’m afraid – I believe in Father Christmas and that doesn’t make it so, unfortunately for me at Christmas.

    Gibberish like this gets thrown out on slow news days but without any hard evidence. If senior managers really believed this they would invest in more training, but more appropriately they would test this on small representative groups (and representative is a key word – not just your number one talent) by investing more in their training and seeing if the reality matched the belief.

    So I figure most people haven’t seen an improvement in training budgets because beliefs aren’t reality and until someone proves this then it will remain a happy fairy tale.

    And let’s be honest the term training with respect to managers is a bit generic too – what exact form of training do these folks need for a 29% productivity increase? I’m reckoning a good time management course backed throughout the organisation would probably achieve this in most cases but I don’t know so let’s try a small test sample to back this up first….


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