Training is a part of every business. But is it working? At IBA, we designed The Training Accelerator to make training sessions more engaging and effective. It is not about content. We focus on helping you personalize how you deliver your content based on the conative strengths of your leaders and your team members. Knowing these strengths will help you avoid these four common training mistakes:

  1. Everyone is not like you.

    When you understand conative strengths, you will start seeing that people learn and retain information in different ways. While you may relate more to those who are like you, it is important to recognize when people learn differently. They are filling gaps in your team, which is important for overall productivity and growth. As the poet, William Cowper, first penned in 1875, “Variety is the spice of life, which gives it all its flavor.”

  2. One size does not fit all.

    From kindergarten to the business world, it is becoming clearer and clearer that people learn differently. At IBA, we can objectively measure some of these differences and help you apply it to your training approach.

  3. You can deliver the same content in different ways.

    Some people think that they need to follow their training processes with everyone the same way.  While you may need to deliver the same content to everyone, you can personalize how it is delivered. For example, some people learn better with hands-on demonstrations or interactions. Others need access to information with supporting details. At IBA, we can help you understand how your employees prefer to take action. This will inform how you communicate with them, making your delivery of your content much more effective.

  4. You can personalize training.

    Through a simple Kolbe A assessment, you can measure how people learn and take action – their conative strengths. Conation is defined as volition; the mental faculty of purpose, desire, or will to perform an action. Knowing how much data someone needs, their need and desire for systemization, or their propensity to take action slowly or quickly can take a training program to the next level.

Measuring conation and knowing how to integrate into your training process is a proven way to increase employee retention and satisfaction.