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Training strategy: why it’s important and how to do it

Most workplace training happens at the operational level, where a need is identified for performance improvement on a given topic and the training is simply developed and delivered.  This is especially true for environment and sustainability training, which is traditionally the domain of the subject matter expert – the one who knows all about stormwater modelling, water pollution control, contaminated soil management, emissions reduction, solid waste minimisation– and more – …Read More

Dirt Cheap? Are rapid house builds trashing the environment?

The pace and scale of public and private sector new home building is unprecedented. Here I reveal a major potential downside of this rapid development – the runoff of sediment from building sites into stormwater pipes, streams, lakes, beaches and harbours – and show how a business opportunity can help us build houses that don’t cost the earth. NIWA estimates 98% of the lucrative West Coast snapper fishery is hatched …Read More

What’s your risk appetite? Take a simple test to rate your own and that of your organisation…..

Sustainability guru Bob Willard offers help to environment and sustainability professionals whose executives are pushing back on sustainability and asking, “Why should we bother with all this environmental and social stuff?” Bob says what they really want is answers to the ‘Big Three “Whys“’ executives must ask of any value proposition – not just sustainability initiatives: “Is it the right thing to do?” “Is it the financially rewarding thing to …Read More

Joining the dots between occupational health & safety and environmental management

Some of my friends and colleagues have been telling me that my success framework – the seven elements that support effective environmental training programs – could apply to all sorts of different professions. I didn’t really get it, though I encouraged them to pick it up and apply it to whatever area they wished. But yesterday evening I caught up with Graham Philps of Quality Constructive Solutions. Graham is a …Read More

Practice leads to Proficiency – but does our training allow enough time for this?

This question of allowing enough time in workshops for what is most important has challenged me throughout my training career. It zoomed to top of mind a couple of weeks ago at Beryl Oldham’s seminar on training needs assessment for the New Zealand Association of Training and Development. Taking a good look at what Beryl called “what IS” there (rather than what level of staff performance we “think” might or …Read More

Training – the temerity!

It’s always amazed me how training works. You take a bunch of fully autonomous adults in a room together – and there is an automatic consensus about the conventions we operate under. Yes, we socialise, crack jokes, make conversation, have fun. But it’s not a social situation in the normal sense, apart from in the breaks. The conventions around how we operate in a training context form an unwritten social contract. Most of us are unaware …Read More

Training that creates communities of excited professionals

The best training creates communities of excited professionals who want to communicate with each other about what they’re learning. Training is becoming both more social and more virtual as technologies enable this. It’s also becoming much more collaborative – not only amongst learners, but between learners and trainers, as trainees take responsibility for their own learning and ask correspondingly more of their trainers. Engineering ethics may not at first blush …Read More

How to create an exam that everyone will enjoy

Over a coffee with a colleague earlier today, the conversation turned to assessing learning after a training workshop. Of the many people who’ve attended my workshops over the years, some have been extremely capable practitioners for whom school most definitely would have been one of the least rewarding times of their life.  In fact at one workshop a delightful young man confided to me that he couldn’t read, so please …Read More

Training providers adjusting to trends in learners’ needs

Two meetings last week reminded me of the utmost importance of understanding the needs of trainees, and revealed how recent trends are being reflected in major re-thinks by training providers of how they have traditionally delivered the information their stakeholders need. My business partner Susie Wood and I met with representatives of two major training providers, both professional membership organizations, to discuss their programs. We had perused their extensive suite …Read More

Re-inspiring myself about training

Recently I had the privilege of attending a professional development session with Karen Boyes from Spectrum Education. What a whirlwind she is! Karen specializes in helping teachers understand how to teach so children learn and helping parents support their children’s learning can  – and she teaches the children themselves how best to learn what they are taught. The interesting thing was that before we fully found this out, Karen was …Read More