Whilst training interventions can indeed change the whole organisation, the culture change scenario differs from ‘normal’ training. ‘Normal’ training is in pursuit of change in competencies in individuals. Change in culture involves change in the way things are done in the organisation – the normative behaviour of all. Here's how they differ.
Staff development is the act of persuading a member of staff to change – to change their skills, knowledge or behaviours – towards that wanted. That persuasion comes by way of training, mentoring or coaching. Staff have existing competencies and behaviours. The difference between what’s needed and what’s available today is what any development must focus on.
The article notes that before promotion, the engineer was an ordinary employee. He or she achieved great things through their own efforts. Now their success comes from causing others to perform. They're still an engineer. But they've added a whole new part to their identity. Now they're a manager of engineers. They're a boss, a leader of men and women. It's the same whatever the discipline.
[Published April 2015]
There’s no doubting the importance of leadership in companies. Leadership makes the difference between a firm that bumbles along and one that excels. It makes the difference between a firm that exists for today and one that invests in the future. Leadership development is essential for all managers. TimelessTime can help you and your managers excel in leadership.
All managers seek change in their firm’s fortunes. But there are many ways in which that change can be facilitated – through coaching, consulting, mentoring and training. Where the manager has sound management skills, it’s coaching. When their management skills are weaker than needed, it’s mentoring. Mentoring transfers knowledge. Here are the primary issues we with which we’ll engage.
Management is a science. Few managers – accidental or otherwise - would dispute that claim as they struggle to motivate their staff. Management is non-obvious and must be learned. Here's a discussion about approaches.
This paper is about how the wider society in which a young person lives, is educated and works affects their career options, decisions and subsequent development. It considers how young people make decisions and what influences those decisions. It then describes the context of the wider society, drawing on sociology. In drawing conclusion this essay suggests that one cannot separate the individual and society in careers development.
[Updated December 2016]