Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Management Training

Today I'll be in a managment trainging seminar from 9am-4pm. I'm trying to keep an open mind and not write it off as all bullshit before I get there. Signin is at 8:30am, 30 minutes earlier than I go to work, which is not improving my predisposition.


matt dick said...

If it's good training, it is not BS.

Cool Hand Luke said...

That is the "kicker", isn't it? It has to be "good". I've taken a bunch of management training classes. Most of them focused on the "soft skills" and only one of them was really good. It was actually great and I got a ton out of it. It was a class called "negotiations workshop" and it was fabulous. For the most part, I think you either have or don't have the "soft skills" for "management". If you want to teach a particular corporate philosphy about management, I think that is great. This can range from how, in general, a culture values its employees to what the top-down metrics for financial success are. I was about to crack if I had to take one more horrible class where I was "taught" how to communicate with peers and staff through incredible role playing scenarios.

Here is my other problem with this type of training. Often they aren't taught by managers. They are taught by professional trainers. I had some good classes or training sessions taught by VPs within our organization. I got much more tangible and useful information from those.

I'm a skeptic when it comes to training. I think it is mostly because I hate role play so much I have to build up justification for avoiding training at all costs.

shadowfax said...

So how did it turn out?

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