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What Support Methods are Best for Training

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Building a Complete Training Framework: Different Support Methods for Training

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the building a complete training framework. If you need training we offer corporate training in various forms.***

In a prior message we talked about using ongoing training and follow-up to lock in those great ideas we saw at a conference or training we attended.

But what does that look like. How do companies actually implement ongoing training in a way that really works?

Let’s dig into some of today’s popular options.

In Person Training

The long time standard way of implementing training and development are in-person sessions. This method remains popular today and tends to get very good results.

There is something about the human connection of being together in a room and working on growth together. There is built-in accountability and connection.

These sessions can be set to a company’s schedule which will often be monthly or (more commonly) quarterly.

Webinars/Interactive Training

Sometimes due to cost or geographic factors (a team in different locations) internet-based training becomes more practical. This is a great way to facilitate training and get key lessons in with less travel and logistical hassle.

Despite today’s great technology there is usually some loss of interaction and connection. But the increase reach and budgetary benefits often make this training a good alternative to in-person training.

Videos

Sometimes getting schedules together may be hard, even for webinars or internet based training. And sometimes budgets are smaller. In this case it might be a good option to do training by recorded video.

As an example, here are McBride For Business we offer training on the entire Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid in the form of video training.

In a typical program audience members will watch a short video on the subject matter of the training session and then have a locally facilitated session based on a programming guide we provide to maximize the impact of the session.

Coaching

Another option is to have a coach work one-on-one with your team to implement the lessons. Coaching is great because it provides an outside perspective and accountability in ways that are hard to match.

Directed Reading

Another training option is to have directed readings on the topic where team members read on a fix schedule to keep thoughts, efforts and accountability on the issues at hand.

Discussion Groups

Having teams come together and discuss their problems, progress, issues and goals can be super powerful. I have found regular masterminding around issues with a fixed group can produce amazing results.

Many Options, Which is Right For You?

There are many options. Your organization’s needs are unique. One of the options above, a blend of the options or something creative might be just what you need.

The key is to get some reinforcement in place and learn what works for your team and organization.

Your subject matter expert can help you find the right mix for you.

What are your thoughts?  What have you tried? What worked?  What didn’t work?

Let us know!

The Our Shawn

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How to Get the Most From Training: Weeding Out Bad Apples

Posted on: May 21st, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Building a Complete Training Framework: Weeding out the Bad Apples

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the building a complete training framework.  If you need training we offer corporate training in various forms.***

“One bad apple spoils the bunch” as the old saying goes.

And one bad apple can destroy your training. And there seems to be two types of bad apples in training world: (1) bad training that wastes the time, energy and money of organizations and erodes confidence, and (2) individuals in training that don’t want to be there.

To get the most out of training and development we want to get rid of both “bad apples.”

Time/Money Wasters

When buying training we find that most managers and leaders are very careful. They vet the providers and make sure they are getting quality.

The problem is that many options that look quality are not. For instance, let’s take time management training. Since writing It’s About Time and designing the Time Magicment(™) philosophy Shannon J. Gregg and I spend a lot of time training in this area.

And there are a lot of time management systems out there. And a lot of our clients are disappointed with the results.

But why do so many smart, efficient and caring managers, leaders and owners pick the wrong training?

Our theory is that most of the systems you see aren’t comprehensive enough. Mainly they just scratch the surface and bring a quick hit. But the sales rep isn’t going to tell you that.

We, on the other hand, know that time management is part of a journey. When we can get into deeper conversations with owners about their needs and long-term goals for their staff we often can agree that time management is part of the broader process of improvement not just a one-stop cure all.

And with hurried schedules who hasn’t felt a little ill and ran into the store to buy some pain killers and hope for the best rather than call and schedule an appointment with the doctor?

The problem is many of those selling short-term pain killers and trying to pretend it’s the same thing as going to the doctor. And it’s not.

To cure this ailment always look at the big picture on your training and staff development. The Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid will help you get there!

We pride ourselves on offering complete solutions, not just bandaids.

Those That Don’t Want Training

In every organization there will be those that want to develop and those that don’t. No changing that.

In high performing organizations we tend to see more that want the training than don’t. That makes sense. So the first step in effective training is filtering to get the right people in before you even start.

So what do you do with those on your team that don’t want training?

Well, you have choices.

Some organizations let them go to the training and monitor performance on the back-end. Eventually those that don’t invest in themselves will start to falter, not keep up or fall behind their peers. Then you can figure out what happens to their advancement and career (more on that later).

Another option is to make the training voluntary. Allow some folks to go and others opt-out. This usually leads to a more engaged and motivated class and better results. You’ll still want to monitor the performance of those that did and didn’t attend after the fact. We suspect in most cases you’ll see the same patterns as if you required attendance but you’ll have smaller class sizes and more focused results from those that do attend the training.

The next step, of course, is to try to grow those that want to grow and determine what your organization’s policy is on those that don’t want to grow. At least by offering training you are getting clear signals on who fits where in your company.

The highest performing organizations tend to have plans for how to make their teams stronger and stronger over time – by better hiring, career monitoring and development.

To get the bad apples out of your training you need to look at the big picture and how you are working your organization to be the best over time.

What’s Your Policy?

Two problems but both tied into your organization’s policies to deal with various issues.

So that raise the question: what is your policy?  How do you make training fit the culture and long-term plans of your organization?

Let us know.

And if you need a little help on getting training right – let us know.

Shawn

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Giving You One of My Secrets to Success

Posted on: May 20th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

The Six Group

People love success. I love working with successful people.

Success begets success.

So how do I work with other successful people in a way that brings more success?

Enter The Six Group

The Six Group is a concept by Dawnna St. Louis.

Essentially we have a group of up to six people and we focus on six key activities every day.  And we track them.

And then in a weekly one hour meeting we are accountable to our fellow members for how we did on the six key activities.

But Wait, There’s More

Not only are we reporting numbers but we are also testing our positioning statement, helping each other with challenges and finding new ways to grow our businesses.

Because of the weekly interaction we have a certain knowledge and understanding of each other and our businesses.

My Six Group currently consists of:  Jessica Rector, Silvana Capaldi, Rome Madison and Frances Rios — all of who are doing amazing things in speaking and the world. And that’s 5 – not six. We are still open for the six person to come to us.

It’s the most powerful mastermind I’ve been in.

The key is that we listen and learn from each other – and know each other.

Give It a Try.

This is an amazing formula. You can get information from me or Dawnna St. Louis. We are both open to facilitating more six groups with other participants.

Shawn

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How to Create Content From Work You Are Already Doing

Posted on: May 19th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

What you are watching (How I am building content).

Many of you have been reading my blog or getting my business planning tips for some time.

Let me pull back the curtain and show you what I’ve been doing lately and what will continue.

Maybe you’ll find this interesting or maybe, just maybe, it’ll help you.

As you know I spend a lot of my time speaking. And speaking is a business of its own – getting leads, negotiating speaking fees, meeting potential clients, etc. You get the idea from running your business. Speaking really isn’t that different.

And I also have this email list and blog where I share some knowledge to build content and relationships.

So for the speaking side of my house I am still working on more efficient ways to get engagements. It was suggested I build an articles bank where I have articles that the organizations that may hire me as a speaker would use for their publications to their members.  So the article bank was born.

This allows organizations to use my articles for their needs (you’ll notice almost all my articles have a permission to reprint right with them) and allows me to add value in advance.

I am also still writing for you, the reader, as I always have.  I have just been picking topics that also allow me to fill the articles bank.

How is that for killing two birds with one stone?

Have you done anything like this before?  If so, how?

Shawn

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Could Adding Some Certainty Change Your Training?

Posted on: May 18th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Building a Complete Training Framework:  How Structure Creates Certainty

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the building a complete training framework.  If you need training we offer corporate training in various forms.***

One of the biggest issues with training and one of the biggest complaints we often hear is a lack of certainty. Quite simply people want to know where their training is going – and if you don’t tell them they get worried.

Many people are concerned, or outright complain, that many companies do training in a haphazard fashion. Much akin to a game of whack-a-mole.

I can imagine employees at your company sitting in the break room saying “I wonder what problem will happen and which band-aid training will they put us through next?”

It’s a prescription for uncertainty and problems.

Changing It Up

When training is part of a broader plan things change.  And that’s where the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid comes in.

Training is more effective when the learners know where things are headed. How the pieces fit together.  Why learning “this” is important to getting “that result”.

For instance, when we design a Do Business Effectively(™) training for Time Magicment(™) we make sure that the learners know how managing their time better is going to relate to their job – but also to their life and career goals.

Sometimes potential clients – mistakenly thinking they are adding efficiency – ask us to not spend all that time on “goals”.  But we find it’s that connection of the work now to the future that creates the real incentive and drive for the learns to start implementing and working on change right away.

It gives a “why” to the hard work associated with training beyond “your boss said so”.

And It Goes On

Based on our Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid we always recommend starting training with Time Magicment(™)/It’s About Time as the start of training (Time Magicment(™) being our signature system and It’s About Time being the corresponding book) or Do Business Differently(™) (another program on being unique and different in business). This sets a foundation.

Early in the training the learners are introduced to the pyramid and see the progression of how the learning today will lead to the learning of tomorrow. They also get to see how their work of today leads to their life of tomorrow.

Time Magicment(™) training becomes about more than just speeding up what they are doing (which is where most systems fall flat) but it becomes about them! And so on for each step of the ladder.

People are more interested when things are about them.

Certainty is the Key

When the learners know how the pieces fit together, have a map of where they are headed, and feel directed they tend to relax. They know that they are part of a bigger system and a bigger plan that embraces them. And when they feel relaxed and secure they learn even faster.

So, what are you doing to bring certainty to your training programs?  Let us know!

Shawn

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How the Do Business Effectively(TM) Pyramid Can Change Your Training Forever

Posted on: May 17th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Building a Complete Training Framework:  How to use the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid to Improve Your Training Results

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the building a complete training framework.  If you need training we offer corporate training in various forms.***

The Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid is a powerful tool for putting your training in the right order and setting priorities. We encourage you to look at and study this powerful tool whether you work with us or not.

This article will show you how to use this powerful tool right away.

Training Your Team (Correctly) Is Hard Work

Training takes time and money. And it takes time from your core activities. Many times we hear teams that are getting serious about training for the first time (or are recommitting) worried about how much time and money it will take to get to results.

And they are right — it will take time and money. Anyone that promises you results with putting in time and money is just taking your money and is going to leave you with results you don’t love.

To retrain adults in a long-term fashion is going to take serious work. You need to update thinking and rewire bad habits.

Sure you can learn some tidbits in a quick fashion that can make a serious impact, and that’s what I do when I keynote or do short sessions with clients, but those don’t have the same long-term habit changing impact as ongoing training.

You’ve Got To Get It Right

With all of this time and money going into training (assuming you are willing to make a commitment) you want to get a return on your investment (ROI). Any business does. And it wouldn’t make sense to invest if you don’t get back more than you put in.

And the best way to ensure a positive ROI is to make sure you are doing things effectively and that’s where the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid comes in.

Many companies attempt to put training in the right order or just work on the issue of the day.  But often deeper content issues from other areas of prior training or learning start becoming weak spots requiring more retraining as the training progresses. If only we had worked on those issues before they became issues in later training….

But the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid is like efficiency in a box (well, pyramid).

When you follow the order of the pyramid your training will build on each other progressing the organization to this goals and bringing each employee up to their potential to be a leader.

The Simplicity

The world keeps getting more and more complex which is why effective learning needs to be simple. Our brains are changing (there is lots of scientific work on how the changing world is changing our brains) and the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid recognizes that.

Complex thoughts and ideas take a long time to instill and the pyramid balances immediate results and long-term impact.

The pyramid is made to be simple and clear and each person in the training can know exactly where they are going as their career and training progresses. There is no mystery and the interconnection is clear – this lowers confusion and helps create motivation and buy-in.

And when using the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid it is clear why each training is needed which avoids the human tendency to say “this portion of the work isn’t as important to me.”

It took years to get to this simple of a pyramid. But now you have access to something that really works to make sure you are doing things in the right order, gives a clear map to your attendees and get results in the simplest way possible.

Put It To The Test

We think it’s so simple and usable we invite you to examine the pyramid and try using it – whether you hire us for the training or not – to see what it is capable of.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.  Drop us a note.

Shawn

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How Can The Word “Why” Reduce Burnout?

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Addressing Burnout:  Getting a Why

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the critically important subject of burnout. We offer programs on burnout if its a bigger issue in your organization.***

“Why” is an interesting word.

Bill walks into Mike’s office and Mike asks a simple question, “why didn’t the order get to the customer on time?”

What’s happening now?  From an emotional perspective.

Bill is on the defensive, emotional and upset. Mike is in a control position maybe even feeling a little guilty for having to ask the question.

Bill is stressed because of this and he is going to respond emotionally.

Why Does “Why” Invoke So Much Emotion?

Why is a loaded word. Built into it is responsibility, accountability and the requirement for an explanation.

It’s like a word with built in emotional responses – in this case a negative one.

The Other Side of Why

While “why” can be negative it can also be positive.

“Why” can be your reason for being. Your motivation. Your purpose.

All in one little word.

Ask someone “why” they live where they live or “why” they chose their career and they usually light up.

But asking “why” you show you care about something deep inside them. You also let them connect with something in their core.

Why can be powerfully good.

Same powerful word – two completely different responses.

How Do We Use This Power

Clearly our companies and our teams can benefit from a good “why” and we want to avoid a negative why.

“Why” for the future is aspirational and generally positive.  “Why” of the past is usually bad.

We want to stay on the good side of things!

There should usually be at least two “whys” going on in any organization at all times:  the “why” of the organization and the “why” of the team member.

The “why” of the organization should spark positive emotion and good decisions. They “why” of the team member should motivate them to give their all.

When “why” is used this way it can fuel growth and motivation.

Rewinding Mike and Bill

Now that we know how to use “why” for the positive and not the negative let’s replay Mike and Bill meeting.

Bill walks into Mike’s office and Mike asks a simple question, “how can we improve our processes so that we are on time every time?”

Bill relaxes and they have an open conversation and get to work.

The “why” of the organization is supported by not asking “why” in an emotionally charged situation.

Let’s Reduce Burnout

So if we want to help our people and not cause so much organizational tension the key is to use “why” in an uplifting way not as a stressor.

What’s been your experience with “why”?  Have you been able to use it in a positive way?

Let us know.

Shawn

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Fixing Burnout By Building a New Muscle

Posted on: May 15th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Addressing Burnout:  Saying “No”

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the critically important subject of burnout. We offer programs on burnout if its a bigger issue in your organization.***

When we work with professionals that are “burned out” or with leaders with teammates that are “burned out” one of the common issues that comes up is the ability to say “no”.

And it most cases it’s no one’s fault. In fact, in many cases, the world has wired the professional to fail.

What It Looks Like

Sally returned to her desk from the industry conference last week. She has a ton of notes and a small pile of business cards.  She’d really like to start implementing, today, the great strategies she learn. But she still had a big project to complete from before the conference with at least 2 full days or work to go.

AND she already has 10 voicemails to return (and they say folks don’t use the phone any more) and 250 emails she couldn’t read while at the conference. AND paper mail showed up will she was gone.

As soon as she walks into her office she is overwhelmed. AND she has a meeting with her boss in an hour.

At the meeting her boss gives her the assignment that was held for her return.  From the boss’ perspective the 3 days Sally was at the conference are already lost.

Sally just wants to crawl into bed or give up.

She’s burned out.

And it’s not uncommon. She feels like a lot of professionals today.

Wired to Fail

The way to get ahead in school and early in most careers to do everything.  Say “yes.” It’s essentially a pie-eating contest of work and activities.

And to make it through the early stages of your academic work and career pie eating works just fine.

But at some point there is too much pie. Too much work. Too much activity. You can’t eat all the pie.

The answer for most professionals in this case is to try to work more hours, sleep less and generally be “productive.”

And that works – for a while.

But at some point there is just too much pie and the pie eating skills that got you so far fail.

And this normally brings feelings of overwhelm – and “burnout.”

Time for New Thinking

What happens next is critical and defines those that have amazing careers and those that are average.

Here at McBride For Business we don’t like average!

At some point you have to start picking what you will do and what you won’t do. This requires active management and saying “no” a lot more often.

Actually being intentional in what you do and what pie you eat.

But Saying “No” Isn’t Easy

The next challenge the comes up is that saying “no” isn’t easy.

If you are the one feeling burned out you probably try very hard to make everyone happy. Saying “no” feels like a let-down to them.

If you are the leader know that your teammate likely wants to please you and make you happy but they don’t know how.

Simply many of us have not be taught to say “no”.

For leaders you need to enable your team to say “no” by helping them have clear priorities and helping them figure out what to focus on first. This will lower their stress, make them feel more in control and generally lead to better work product.

If you are the one overwhelmed it’s time to look at your total life and priorities. What’s important and what’s not. What can you get rid of?

Getting Clarity

As you build your “no muscle” and say “no” more and more often it will get easier. And you’ll feel more in control and intentional.

It’s amazing to watch our clients as they start to say “no” more often.  Smiles come back, they feel in control and they feel like the decision makers they are meant to be.

But the key to being able to say “no” is to know what the priorities are in your business and your life so you can put things in the right order.

When we work with our clients we start with priorities and goals before time management or anything else.

Back to Sally

As Sally is sitting in her boss’ office she wishes should could push back by one week the project she had been working on prior to her departure for the conference. Everyone knows it doesn’t need to be done until next month. But she is afraid to say “no” so she has to figure out, in her head while her boss is talking, which nights this week she’ll skip sleeping.

What if the culture of the company allowed Sally to say “no” comfortably?  Wouldn’t the company get a better result? Wouldn’t Sally be happier?

Sounds like a win-win.

More “no’s” often lead to happier organizations and doing more of what matters.

What have you done in your organization to make saying “no” OK?  What will you do now?

Let us know!

Shawn

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Are you allowing your team members to dream?

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Addressing Burnout: Making Dreams OK

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the critically important subject of burnout. We offer programs on burnout.***

One recurring issue we see when working with clients on burnout is that a lot of times the person with burnout feels stuck (we notice this whether we are working directly with the person with burnout or the team leader that sees this in their team).

And many times the person feels stuck because their current position isn’t matching with their long-term goals.

But that is OK.  Most of us want to grow and do more in time.

What’s surprising, however, is what happens when we make dreams OK.  Make dreams OK to think about and OK to express in the work environment and amazing things happen.

One time Shannon J. Gregg and I were facilitating a group on Time Magicment(™). We asked a corporate team about their individual dreams. One of the team members raised their hand and sheepishly volunteered they wanted to grow to be a manager.  This particular team member was very concerned to admit this because they were afraid their current manager would be mad.

What followed was a very interesting discussion with the manager and the team member. This manager (like most managers in our experience) was thrilled, not upset!

The team member has made a common assumption that their boss would be mad that the team member wanted the bosses job.

However, from the bosses standpoint they were thrilled to have a team member that wanted to learn more, do more and advance. Talk about someone useful on the team!

You see teammates that want to do more and be more generally work very hard, become better problem solvers and do great work.  Sure they may leave at some point if they can’t advance in the organization but the work until then is powerful and valuable for the company and the team member.  And may times things change to open up an advancement opportunity.

Are you missing out?

Many companies are missing out completely!  The team members won’t express themselves and try to protect their current role by not trying to show they want to advance. The team member gets frustrated for having to “throttle back” and management gets upset they aren’t living to their potential.

It’s a lose-lose.

But when the team member knows it is safe to dream and the company supports their dreams they often excel and work hard (and smart) to get to their goals.

That’s a win-win.

Have you given your team members the permission to dream?  To truly express their goals? Might you be missing out?

Who has done this?  Please share your experience with us.

Shawn

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How does a new product evolve? Does this give you some ideas?

Posted on: May 13th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

How does a new product come into being?

Well it depends.

But let me tell you about the evolution of one of my products because I suspect it might spur some ideas for you in your business.

For a long time I’ve known my expertise is to help folks to Do Business Effectively(™).  But as you know, different clients come in different styles with different needs.

So how do you run a business in a world where so many of your clients are different?

For me and Shannon J. Gregg we have decided to focus on our expertise and then find the most efficient way to get that expertise to each client.

So that means the same core materials that work so well at conferences, in one-on-one coaching and for in-person corporate training can also add value to others in different ways.

So when a new prospective corporate client wanted to use our Time Magicment(™) training but couldn’t come to pay for us to appear in person we rolled out something we had been planning for a while – our Time Magicment(™) training by video.

It’s a great win-win.  We take the same core materials we have developed and we help clients in new ways.  This first client gets the benefit of being in our beta group which means a lower price and more hands-on for them. And soon it is anticipated that other companies will use the video training (which comes complete with facilitation notes for using the course in a team environment) and getting access to a different form of training there.

Do you see what Shannon and I did there?  We offer essentially the same product in a new way that different customers want.

Everyone is better off now.

So my challenge to you is…how can use use this idea in your business to easily create more value for your clients?

Write me back and let me know!

And if you happen to want to get some Time Magicment(™) training write me soon – you are going to love our beta pricing but it can’t last.

Shawn

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