TRAIN-SPOTTING! New Corporate Training Culture by TIMES

Ever wondered going for a corporate training programme away from the hustle and bustle of the city life? Not only that, a training programme, which is full of adventure activities? Says Jimmy Mistry, founder, Della Adventure, “There is a constant need for corporates to train their staff. There is much more to training than just a ‘tug of war’. Firms make teams compete against each other on radio controlled cars or high rope obstacle course and even through rappling, paintball, etc..”

While the standard needs to train professionals remain the same, a lot of impetus is now on innovation. “In 2010, Pangea3 University (the learning & development division of Pangea3) launched ‘Leadership Quest’, a bi-weekly leadership seminar for approximately 25 of their most senior managers and leaders. This programme utilises leading business and management books and periodicals, which the participants read and then meet to discuss in a guided round table breakfast session.

“Most recently, the participants read the book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. During the session, the group applied lessons from the book to develop solutions to influence changes in the behaviour of our staff,” says Sanjay Kamlani, co-founder and co-CEO, Pangea3.
“We encourage experiential learning via role plays and quasi-reality scenario-based case studies. On the other hand, for our senior management executives, we conduct sessions on international business etiquettes wherein we tweak the classroom training in such a manner that it emulates the real-life scenario to the extent possible,” adds Surbhi Shweta, head – HR, Mirae Asset Global Investments (India).
“We believe in a holistic learning approach through a principle called the ‘70/20/10’ learning philosophy. 70 per cent of the learning happens on the job, 20 per cent is through feedback, coaching and mentoring and 10 per cent though classroom training,” says Subhankar Roy Chowdhury, executive director-HR – India, Middle East and Africa, Lenovo.

By Times Ascent

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