Should Employees Find Their Own Training Courses?
Employees Who Are Involved in Their Development Decisions Have More Motivation for it to Work
In certain other business coaching articles such as Why Development Plans Should Be Comprehensive we highlighted the fact that individuals take much greater ownership of action plans when they have been involved in the creation process. They are likely to be far more motivated to make the changes and work hard towards achieving those goals and targets than they would if they simply had them dictated to them and were told to get on with it.
We have also seen that business coaching and executive coaching sessions which have the primary purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the individual in certain topics and situations are much more successful when provided in conjunction with relevant training courses.
For example, if a new manager is being coached to improve their performance in a managerial position, as well as developing action plans with the business coach they would also benefit tremendously from attending a first line management training course which actually teaches them useful information which they can use in their new job role as a manager. This is particularly true if this is their first managerial position and they have not previously had any sort of managerial training before. If they haven't, then no matter how comprehensive the business coaching and the action plans created, if they have little or no knowledge about management issues then they are likely to struggle to become an effective manager, or at least will make a lot of avoidable mistakes initially whilst they learn.
Should Employees Find Their Own Training Courses and Business Coaches or Let Managers Do It For Them?
So if employees should be involved in the creation of action and development plans, it begs the question as to whether they should also be responsible for finding and sourcing their own training courses too, or whether their line manager or even the business coach themselves should be the ones to suggest an appropriate course for them.
There will be no definitive right or wrong answer to this question. Whilst it may sometimes be a good idea to allow the person to research and find a course which they feel would benefit them and be a productive use of their time, there may be other times when their manager will have a better idea regarding which training course will be most suitable for the person, particularly if they have put other new managers on it in the past and had a high level of success.
It may be the case that everybody - the individual, their line manager and the business coach - all have an input into which training courses they believe will be most suitable and provide the most benefit for the person, as sometimes more than one course may provide maximum benefit.