Magazine article Management Today

Fitter for the Top

Magazine article Management Today

Fitter for the Top

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DILEMMA: Since I started the company 10 years ago we've grown it into a serious business. Life's been good but it's getting complicated to run. Despite attracting some great people into the business, I'm getting more and more stretched myself. I should go off and get some proper training, yet I never seem to have the time.

ISSUES: What do you want training for? To fill a missing gap in your knowledge? Acquire new skills? Widen your horizons? Or to take a break and get some objectivity about what you're doing? All are legitimate reasons and all may be relevant to you. You just need to be clear what you want and it should match the strategic priorities of your business.

Founders rarely spend enough on their own training and development. 'Too busy' is the usual excuse. If you can't leave the business for a day, you probably need to leave for a month. If you really have attracted top talent you ought to be able to delegate to them. A break to develop yourself will probably result in development for them. They may also have some ideas on what development you need. Asking them is a sign of strength.

A lot of money on training is wasted. Why? Poor content? Weak delivery? …

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