The Sunday Times has recently run an article on the poor ROI of business courses. Encompassing management and leadership skills as well as other personal development competencies, it refers to Kaisen's research that shows that employers do not get value for money from the £75m pa they pump into these sort of training programmes.
You can read the full report in the Sunday Times. And Mark Lee's comments in his blog. As you might be expecting by now, the conclusion of the Time's article and the research is that coaching can provide a solution, plugging many of the gaps in these programmes. The problem being that most courses concentrate on skills development in an artificial environment with no follow up in real life practise. This is where coaching makes a huge difference, not only does it follow up on what is learnt on the course but it provides on-going development in the practical delivery of the skills. And there is a third advantage too; one of the reasons that delegates don't follow up what they have learnt is that they divorce the learning from the real life work situation. They get back to the office and it is business as usual, they never look at those notes again. A coaching programme will formalise the commitment of the business and the individual to ongoing professional and personal development, weaving the learning experience into every day working life. With or without attendance at the (very expensive) course itself coaching is the only way to truly embed personal development into the real life scenarios back at the office.
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