“When you invest a dollar in a person, you get $10 back.
When you invest a dollar in a machine, you get $2 back.”
– Clay Mathile (Source: http://www.flyernews.com)
1. People ARE your most valuable asset. This is reality, not an empty cliché. It’s time for more organizations to walk their talk.
“Let us cultivate our garden.” ― Voltaire
2. People need maintenance and upgrades even more than machines do. Retraining is maintenance. Training is an upgrade. Development is the next generation model.
“If you bought a million dollar machine,
would you use it continuously without inspections,
maintenance and upgrades? Of course not!
Do you care as much about the upkeep of your people?”
3. Training is NOT for everyone. Only invest in the employees you intend to keep. By the way, what about yourself!
“Floss only the teeth you want to keep.” ― Zig Ziglar
“A staff can be no better than the man it serves.” ―David Halberstam
4. Development is NOT an event. It’s a continuous, lifelong process, necessary for the health of both the organization and individual.
“No matter how good you get you can always get better,
and that’s the exciting part.” ― Tiger Woods
5. The outcome of development is change. Define your change objectives and inspect the results.
“When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before;
you see more in you than there was before.” ― Cliff Fadiman
6. Development is an investment, NOT an expense. Paying expenses keeps the doors open. Investing opens new doors. Investments are for organizations that expect to be around for the long haul. In fact, investments make the long haul feasible.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” ― Derek Bok
7. Training is a risk/reward proposition. Like financial investments, the greater the risks, the higher the potential return. Choosing the right training programs, the right participants and the right service provider reduces the risks AND increases the dividends.
“Necessity is the mother of ‘taking chances’” ― Mark Twain
8. Development, like all planned change, is strategic. Strategic thinkers do not put the training budget in the discretionary spending column. When organizational strategy is being discussed, smart thinkers give the training director a seat at the table.
“Change before you have to.” ― Jack Welch
“If you do not change, you can become extinct!” ―Spencer Johnson
9. Training builds morale. Investing in people demonstrates they have a future with the organization. To build a team of loyal, fully engaged, high achievers, hire the right people then invest in their development regularly.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ― Plutarch
10. The organization must lead if relevant development is to occur. Use your influence to leverage the change your organization needs.
“Which came first: the change-ready company
or the change-ready employee?”― Lorii Myers