The Future of Training Programs: The Circle of Transformation

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The Future of Training Programs: The Circle of Transformation

The “Circle of Transformation” is a model that addresses a largely overlooked but important loophole in the focus of training and development programs. With this model, training programs will not merely be effective but they will transform the lives of your employees.

This model can be depicted by three concentric circles of training–

We call the outer-most circle the circle of “Expertise”. Training in this circle is aimed toward making employees experts in their respective fields. Few employees advance to this level, and the ones that do are in the top quartile of the organization.

We call the next circle the circle of “Competency”. Most employee training begins in this circle. Here, training and development programs focus on honing employees’ skill sets. It’s no secret that organizations invest a significant amount of money and resources into competency training. Although competency training programs are crucial, many of these training programs are not as effective as they can be.

The inner-most circle, we call, the “Core” – this is the Circle of Transformation. Here is where inside-out transformation occurs. Most organizations ignore the importance of core-level training for their employees. The secret to effective and impactful training in the competency and expertise circles lies in strengthening your employees’ core foundations.

These core foundations can be strengthened through:

  1. Personal Assessment – When employees are consciously aware of their strengths and weaknesses, they can work on their weaknesses and use their strengths to meet their goals and targets.
  2. Fuelling Purpose – Without purpose and a vision, employees are disengaged, underachieving, and not very productive.
  3. Emotional Standing – Although every employee’s emotional quotient is unique, emotionally intelligent employees make smarter, wiser, and more effective decisions.
  4. Pushing their Limits – Employees will only achieve what they believe they can achieve. It’s important for you to equip and empower your employees with the belief that they can overcome adversity and achieve things they previously thought was impossible.
  5. Personal Life – If an employee’s personal life is unstable, their professional life is bound to be affected. Knowing how to cope and deal with personal difficulties will, in turn, reflect positively on their work.

These core elements are the driving factors that ensure that your employees are happy, engaged, productive, and passionate about their work. Employees with strong “core” foundations will not only be competent at their work but will become experts in their domain.