If you supervise employees, train students for post-secondary education, or work with volunteers at a nonprofit, training is a big asset. Individuals who are well trained know what is expected of them and understand the value of working individually and as part of a team.
A car stays in place and burns energy when it is spinning its wheels. An individual, with poor time management skills, spins his wheels and makes little progress. Training on the Pareto Principle helps individuals understand how ineffective unfocused efforts are in getting results. The Pareto Principle is named after an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto. Pareto observed 20 percent of the pea pods in his garden contained 80 percent of the peas. He tested this knowledge on economic issues and found it to be a valid and reliable rule of thumb. The Pareto Principle states that 80 percent of unfocused effort produces about 20 percent of outcomes. When focused, 80 percent of outcomes are achieved with 20 percent of the effort.
Being timely and orderly and keeping a "to do" list are traits often associated with good organizational skills. Training individuals how to develop these traits is an interesting training topic. Learning how to organize multiple priorities is helpful to individuals who struggle with this skill. Learning how to intentionally decide the most important task to complete, then the next and the next ensures deadlines are reached on time. Learning how to organize an orderly work area enables individuals to find what they need instantly and not waste time. Keeping a list of things to do that includes specifics of the task and due date guarantees deadline at met.
Training on how to work effectively on a team is an important topic. Many jobs and activities require the cooperation of a team of individuals for success. According to Dan Collins, from Fresh Tracks (see reference 3), members of successful teams listen to one another, ask questions for clarity, use persuasion skills to promote ideas, respect individual differences, help team members achieve goals, sharing information and participate in team activities.
Good communication is the glue that holds organizations together. Poor communication is a solvent that tears organizations apart. Training individuals about how to communicate can enhance the quality of personal interactions. Communication training includes the areas of sending and receiving messages. Sending messages pertains to verbal and nonverbal interchanges. Receiving messages includes listening, paying attention, being aware of nonverbal messages and paying attention to words and feelings.