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๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

You believe in training and development for employees, but your startup seemingly lacks the budget and resources to make it happen.

Professional development has many advantages, including improved performance, commitment, retention, and recruiting.

โ€œ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค.โ€ Richard Branson

Encourage a growth environment these ways:

๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ

Founders and senior leaders can give a wider perspective across the economy, industry, and career experience that is incredibly valuable.

Consider direct mentorship, open office hours, or internal trainings.

I know a founder who shared tips on time management and another who invites others to trainings through his CEO group.

๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€

In addition to a ton of free courses online, consider these options:

ยท Some PEOs and other vendors provide free training classes

ยท An in-house expert can share interests (e.g. Excel training or yoga)

ยท An investor or advisor can speak with the team

ยท Clients may have experts on staff willing to talk

Also, encourage role playing where leadership plays the clients and employees present or solve problems. These trainings are engaging.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€

One study found that 75% of long-term job success depends on the mastery of soft skills, while only 25% comes from technical skills.*

Improvements in the following are beneficial: time management, conflict resolution, communication and presenting, and more.

Again, seek employees, investors, vendors and clients for resources.

๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

Whether the training is internal or external, evaluate its success.

Ask the participant for a written summary or quick presentation. This emphasizes the value of training and benefits others.

If a training is useful, you may let others take time to participate.

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Devote space to learn, e.g. designate time weekly with no meetings.

Build a knowledgebase or a Slack channel for sharing materials.

Create a small group to solve internal problems. Finding cheap, fast, realistic, and effective solutions is educational and helpful.

Finally, include learning and development as part of the evaluation process to align personal and company growth.

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

Flip the script by encouraging employees to teach. Provide clients with brown bag lunches, white papers, and competitive analyses.

These efforts deepen your relationships (retention, upsells, and referrals) and offer employees a chance to learn in the process.

Resource constraints can lead to creative solutions. It's the same dilemma you face daily. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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