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Develop Your Staff Develop Your Business

by admin on August 6, 2013

Forbes recently published an article by contributor, Mike Myatt titled, 30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back. I was very pleased to see that when writing the article he took his own advice “Find a way to get to a yes” verses “Quick to say no.” In the article Myatt doesn’t just reject standard business paradigms instead he offers a new point of view on them. There seemed to be a common theme in the new paradigms encouraging innovation, team development, constant improvement  and open-mindedness. One change that stood out in particular was turning the old paradigm “Train” into “develop.”

 Train:

To coach in or accustom to a mode of behavior or performance.; To make proficient with specialized instruction and practice. ;To focus on or aim at (a goal, mark, or target); direct.

 

 

Develop:

 To expand or enlarge: To aid in the growth of; strengthen: To improve the quality of; refine: 

 

 

Words that many people may see as interchangeable can have two very different meaning and can have very different results for a business.

When you train your staff you’re teaching them how to do a certain thing a certain way, when you develop your staff you teach them how to discover ways of doing things. When you develop your employees they can grow your business with new ideas and new practices, if you only train them growth ends when the solitary practice and methods become outdated and obsolete. That’s why when you develop your staff you develop your business.

 

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