It’s safe to say that people are completely different in every aspect of who they are. Talents, skills, personality, and work ethic are just some of the differing factors that managers face daily when trying to develop their team.
So if everyone is different, why are we approaching our people development with the same tactics across the board?
Your people have different needs, and some need more development in other areas than their co-workers. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation.
Let’s break the collective model and base our training off of an individualized approach. We may think it is more consistent, but in reality, we lose more progress than we gain when we throw everyone into the same development program.
Where do we even begin when it comes to individualizing our approach?
- Create a new vision for how you will develop your team.
- Meet with each of your team members separately to go over the areas they want to grow in and areas you’d like to see them develop.
- Learn from a different, already established model—do your research on how others are accomplishing this around you and grab extra resources to build your knowledge.
- Focus on the set outcomes and goals. Every team member is counting on you to pull through for them and really stick to your word—don’t let the ball drop on this one.
Developing your people is developing your company—it may take a while to see results, but if you follow through with the new changes and personal growth, the progress will be substantial on all accounts.