The Difference Between Training and Development

How much budget have you wasted on training that didn’t result in ROI?  I’m a sales trainer and coach and see failed training programs every day. If you are spending your training dollars on training that strengthens employees’ skills while allowing them to grow personally and professionally—then you are in the very successful minority.

There is a big difference between training and development. If you (and your HR team) don’t know the difference between these terms, you are spending money providing training to executives and managers who already have the skills and knowledge they need. This training will not move the needle for your company. What you need is to develop existing skills to their maximum potential.

Training = Teaching New Skills

Development = Perfecting Existing Skills

You have likely invested a lot in recruitment so you could find and hire the best possible candidates, right? They have the knowledge and skills, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be successful in your company. How many times have you met individuals with Ivy League degrees whose careers went nowhere?

Training is the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies as a result of teaching. Development teaches how to become more productive and effective at work and at the company. In other words, training provides the skill and development maximizes it.

When you invest money in developing your employees, you are helping them use their existing skills and your company resources to perform better. The best development programs give employees the opportunity to discover things that they would have never discovered in their day-to-day work.

As you strengthen individuals, the team as a whole also becomes stronger. As the team gets stronger, the organization becomes more successful.

Your people are the most important asset in your organization. They were hired for their skills and knowledge, and it is time to think about developing their skills to their maximum potential to propel your organization’s growth.

Howard Shore is a leadership development coach who works with companies that need leadership development and strategic business coaching. Based in Miami, Florida, Howard’s firm, Activate Group, Inc. provides leadership coaching to businesses across the country. To learn more about leadership development coaching through AGI, please visit www.activategroupinc.com, contact Howard at (305) 722-7216 or email him.