The “Ultimate” Training Challenge
Athena partnered with a financial organization to support them with several training initiatives for their annual offsite. They decided they would run a leadership program, a True Colors assessment program and the third offering proved to be a little more challenging. In fact, our client called it the “Ultimate” training challenge. They had one group in the organization that had been included in many training programs in the past and the results always came back the same. This group found training a waste of their time.
Our client wanted to continue to include them in their offsite since the rest of the company was also participating. She shared with me some of the programs and exercises that had been done in the past. I explained to her we have some very seasoned and creative facilitators in the Athena Alliance and I was pretty confident one of them would be able to come up with something that would work.
One of our senior facilitators proposed a very dynamic program that involved a lot of interaction, problem solving and creative expression. It was a huge success (The group actually coloured using crayons). In fact, one of the comments on the evaluation form was “finally a program worthwhile.”
Initially a program may appear to be a challenge and with the creative expertise of an experienced facilitator, a program that is a perfect fit for any audience can be designed.