The Truth about Training

The only time training is needed when there is a deficient in skill and knowledge. (Stolovicth and Keeps, 2012) However, for training to be effective (Noe, 2010) identifies several training methods that involve action in learning.

Group Building Methods:

  1. Experiential Training program is tied to a specific business problem. Trainees are moved outside their personal comfort zones but it does not reduce trainee motivation or ability to understand the purpose of the program. For this learning need, multiple learning modes are used, including audio, visual, and kinesthetic.

  2. The Adventure Training program focus on the development of teamwork and leadership skills through a structured of activities, which include training in the wilderness, outdoors, drum circles, and cooking classes.

  3. Team Training program coordinates the performance of individuals who work together to achieve a common goal.  For the successful accomplishment of this type of training, allow participate to communicate, coordinate, adapts, and complete tasks objectively. The knowledge requirement requires participates to have mental models or memory structures that allow them to function effectively in unanticipated or new situations.

  4. Cross Training program provide understanding and practices for each type of skills so that participates is prepared to step in and take the place of a team member who may temporarily leave the team. (Noe, 2010)

  5. Coordination Training instructs the team in how to share information and decision-making responsibilities to maximize performance. The best group for this type of training is commercial aviation or surgical teams who are in charge of monitoring different aspects of equipment and environment.

  6. Team Leader Training is the type of training that team managers or facilitators receives. It involves training managers on how to resolve conflict within the team coordinate activities or other team skills. Of course, employee need technical skills that can help them accomplish various job functions.


Action Learning: gives teams an actual problem, and then have them work to solve it, and commit the problem to an action plan. It also holds the member’s accountable for carrying out the plan.

Six Sigma and Black Belt training: provides employees with measurement and statistical tools to help reduce defects and to cut costs. Its quality standard has a goal of only 3.4 defects per million processes. (Noe, 2010, p. 283)

In order for participates to become a Six Sigma black belt, they must participate in workshops and written assignments coached by expert instructors. The training is 4-day sessions for a 16 week period. Between and after training, participate must demonstrate their learning achievement.




Noe, R. A. (2010). Employee training and development. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin.

Stolovitch, H. D. (2012). Training ain’t performance. Alexendria, VA: ASTD Press.