The Problem with Training

mindBeing involved in countless conferences, trainings and educational programmes as a team, we have discussed the problems that trainings face nowadays. Most trainings are static – this means that the body is situated on a desk, or a stool or simply a chair with no movement whatsoever. This is the legacy of our educational system and it is to be expected.

What is also evident is that trainings give a preference to cognitive issues. It is not uncommon to have lectures and PowerPoint presentations or even motivational talks in front of company members that cost thousands of euros or dollars – but in effect transfer very little if anything at all in the work environment. That is partly because we hold very powerful defenses to words which is governed by our left brain hemisphere and we need to find alternative ways to pass on skills.

Another problem is that the offerings and the solutions are at many instances preconceived in the minds of trainers who assume to know what is best for each and every one organization which does offer standardisation but lacks liveliness and the prospect to affect skills. A problem here also is that many trainings are made to cover funding opportunities and lack the respect and attention to the company and an individual attending a training.

But what is the differentiation in our proposition (and our competitive advantage)?

We form a strong relationship with the client by making contact as human beings seeing him/her and the organization as holistically as possible. Not as a mere machine performing a mechanical task but as a human or a system composed of humans. As such we go into a feeling and sensing relationship sharing our insights with the client.

Moreover, we make specific offerings that are custom-made for the client and we use the power of the arts along with psychological theories to offer workable solutions for companies and teams to help them improve their performance by raising their awareness and finding the solutions that are already inherent in the system. As we do not assume to know everything about complex structures and systems, we allow the solution to emerge from all those who are involved in the consulting, coaching or training process.

You can read more about our approach and how we utilize the arts here.