Learning & Development

"Learning and development" as many refer to it now -- is one of the most important aspects of our lives and our work. (Many people view "training" as an activity that produces the result or outcome of "learning" -- and learning is typically viewed as new knowledge, skills and competencies or abilities.) At Mandamus, we highly value learning. Yet, despite our having attended many years of training experience, our trainers and Developers still spend enough time regularly to have an idea how to carefully design an approach for training and development. This topic in the Library provides an extensive range of information about training and development, including to depict how many aspects of training and development relate to each other. Also, this topic explains how training and development can be used, informally or formally, to meet the requirements and needs accordingly.

We often think that the biggest benefit of learning is that we get a diploma or credential. As we get wiser, we realize there are so many more benefits than that. Knowing the benefits will help motivate you to design your own training plans and programs, and to motivate others to participate as well. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is the appreciation that you can be learning all the time, even if you are not in a formal training program.

We tend to assume that training leads to learning, which leads to doing better in our lives and work -- it leads to increased performance. However, you will very likely get more out of your trainings and be more successful in promoting trainings to others if you understand more about the relationship between training and performance. This understanding is especially useful when training is designed to increase performance or to redesign training programs that don't seem to be as successful as you wish.