We’ve all been there — corporate training on the latest and greatest. The newest survey. The best engagement strategy. The cutting-edge leadership development. The top technology to save you time and make you more efficient. Yeah, whatever. What we do know is the guy at the front of the room is getting paid mega-dollars to be there, and the special training that we are getting will have approximately zero impact in the real world, because the tasks and duties that you need to perform to keep your job aren’t going to go away. When are you going to have the time to do all these extra things that you know you should do as a leader to improve your corporate culture? You really do know it, but someone’s gotta do the work to keep things humming around here, right?
While this may be a cynical picture, it’s also a reality that takes place in corporate training rooms across the country. Lots of money is spent on leadership development and similar strategies annually – about $60 billion (yup, billion) according to Forbes — with little to show for it.