In my usual approach to training, I meet with groups weekly for a two hour training session. These sessions can last for several years, although we do tend to limit the frequency over time.
The key to the success of the training sessions is that the time together, the discussion, the shared training topics, the new information, and the shared reading both educate and build the team. Additionally, learning comes in bites small enough to practice and participants are not overwhelmed with information. They also have the chance to discuss what worked at the next training session.
Consistent feedback from the planned interaction is that the, usually managers, although I have frequently worked with departments, too, process whereby we built a strong, effective team was invaluable.
When I have worked with companies outside of a 90 minute drive or outside of my state, I have limited the training sessions to a couple of times a month. I have found that less frequency interferes with the team building aspects of the meetings, although not with the educational component of the training sessions.
So, if you're looking for a way to develop your internal staff that involves an external consultant, or even an internal manager or HR staff person, this is an effective way to offer training and build the team at the same time.
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