Probably none of your employees are thinking to themselves, “Yep, this is it. This is exactly as much skill as I ever want to develop.” And if they are thinking that way, you made a mistake hiring them. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, CIO Paul Brady offers some tips for developing everyone else. He discusses succinctly how to develop talent of entry-level recruits, existing staff, and technology managers.
Good Pushing and Shoving
Entry-level recruits these days have already grown up with technology, and they have an intuitive sense for how to use it and where more of its use could apply. Brady has thus seen merit in pairing the younger crowd with older existing staff, allowing imagination to merge with experience for results that benefit everyone. Learning occurs on both ends of the equation.
As it pertains directly to the existing staff though, Brady has started mandating situations that get them out of their comfort zones. He is asking employees to do things like attend conferences or at least view webinars to improve their skills. A little push now and then can ensure people stay current in their skills and knowledge.
Lastly, regarding technology managers, Brady tries to nudge them into more training. He wants to avoid situations where project managers work for 30 years doing the same exact things:
Employees need to take advantage of opportunities to experience innovation outside of their industry, just as managers need to help them identify the training and development they need to get there. As you might expect, about 20 percent will jump at the chance for a new training experience. About 60 percent are a little hesitant or need some guidance, and 20 percent will just get it done and check the box. Anywhere in this mix, you can find someone who will get turned on so much by an experience that they become a real high performer.
People want to develop, but sometimes they get a little shy (or lazy) about it. Push them in the right direction. You can view the original article here: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2016/9/it-talent-development-strategies-youll-want-borrow-arbella-insurance-cio