Top 5 People Development Activities that Achieve High Performance

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Top 5 People Development Activities that Achieve High Performance

It’s simple – spend time on development, do it right with the right people with the right skills, get stakeholders and senior people involved and the high performance results will speak for themselves!

I spend most of my weekends on the side of a pitch chatting with other parents while keeping an eye on the activities of experienced and committed coaches helping to increase the sporting skills of my 9 year old son. I reckon he gets up to 8 hours of top class coaching every week.

And it’s working! Not alone are the Crosshaven U10 teams in every sporting code winning most of their matches against local rivals, the kids love it and so do their parents. Check out the latest report from Crosshaven AFC on the U10’s blitz in the Sports Village in Ballincollig.

It got me thinking about the development activities that achieve high performance:

1.    Spend time on employee development. The evidence is that it works. I wonder how many organisations devote 8 hours a week per employee on their development? Very few in my view. There is some evidence that spend on corporate training is increasing but is it enough? My experience tells me that if organisations spend 4 hours a week on employee development, productivity and results increase by 20%

2.    Get the development mix right. There is no doubt that the old rule of 10% training, 20% coaching / feedback and 70% experiential learning works. The U10 Crosshaven coaches know this and apply the rule instinctively. They know that too much time on the training pitch with no matches doesn’t work. The trick is to get the right combination of training, coaching and application.

3.    Train the trainers. All the U10 Crosshaven coaches have been trained by their respective sporting bodies. They know what they’re doing, they want to do it and they’ve been doing it for years. High performance organisations must invest in teaching their managers in not alone training and coaching but also in delegating outcomes to their employees. Your people gain far more from taking responsibility for results rather than completing tasks.

4.   Engage your key stakeholders. The Crosshaven U10 coaches know that if the parents get involved and the kids enjoy what they’re doing then the results will follow. In my view learning and development professionals spend too much time focused on training rather than making learning enjoyable and getting managers on board in relation to development strategies. If employees enjoy the learning experience and if their managers get involved the results will follow!

5.    Expose them to senior people. The U10 kids get a great kick out of meeting their sporting icons. Watching them in action and getting to meeting them afterwards is a great inspiration. Exposing your people to senior managers at meetings or networking occasions does wonders for their development.


Richard McCarthy

Richard joined OMT in 1998 and is head of Consultancy Services following a 14 year international career in project management, financial control and various management development roles. Richard specialises in working with Senior and Middle Management, focusing on critical Organisational Development Initiatives such as Strategy Development & Implementation, Change Management, and the roll-out of extensive Management & Leadership Development Programmes and One to One Executive Coaching. His previous work across Europe and Africa has helped him understand the impact of organisational culture, and change on managers’ ability to deliver successful results. Richard enjoys the challenge he gets from his work, especially working with clients who face difficult strategic choices or need to develop new skills & behaviours. Richard believes the rewards are satisfying when you know you have made a meaningful contribution.

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