Pacing Your Development Program

Over the last few weeks, our blog series has touched on varying aspects of the developmental process of managers...


So whats next? Now comes time where you would book in dates, and rooms and equipment and provisions. But how should the learning be spaced out? Another organisation specific decision the needs to be made.

Here we have given a some pros and cons to a few strategies for you to consider when it comes to making this decision:

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Even Distribution - let's say there are 7 or 8 workshops, you would perhaps put on one workshop per month.

Pros
1. Easy to manage and plan for
2. Short amounts of time away from the office
3. Do not overload delegates with learning

Cons
Prolongs the programme
Some topics are complementary and could benefit from being studied in succession,
Programme can stagnate and lose some impact.


Sprints - Perhaps 3 sprints of 3 days of training for a 9 day programme

Pros
1. Easier to embed learning and build upon topics when they are closer together
2. Fewer instances of time away from the office can be easier to plan for
3. Training events seem more substantial

Cons
1. Longer instances away from delegates' main roles
2. Back-to-back training days can become tiring to some delegates
3. Can shorten the overall scheme and diminish its importance


All in One - 5 day programme delivered in one working week

Pros
1. Large event keeps team together for a long period of time and can lead to great business outcomes and agreement on key issues and it can have a fantastic team building quality
2. Only one instance of planning around being out of the office

Cons
1. Long time to be away from the day job
2. Consecutive training days can become tiresome
Training starts and ends quickly which can take attention away from continuous development


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Often the decision on how to pace a programme is heavily influenced by the needs of the organisation and individual delegates but usually each of these approaches can be considered, it is just a case of planning.