FIVE-STEP PROCESS OF TRAINING
—Developing the Leaders Around You
The best type of training takes advantage of the way people learn. I have found the best training method to be a five-step process:
Step 1: I model. The process begins with my doing the tasks while the person being trained watches. When I do this, I try to give the person an opportunity to see me go through the whole process. When people see the task performed correctly and completely, it gives them something to try to duplicate.
Step 2: I mentor. I continue to perform the task, but this time the person I’m training comes alongside me and assists in the process. I also take time to explain not only the how but also the why of each step.
Step 3: I monitor. The trainee performs the task and I assist and correct. It’s especially important during this phase to be positive and encouraging. Work with him until he develops consistency. Once he’s gotten down the process, ask him to explain it to you.
Step 4: I motivate. I take myself out of the task at this point and let the trainee go. My task is to make sure he knows how to do it without help and to keep encouraging him. At this time the trainee may want to make improvements to the process. Encourage him to do it, and at the same time learn from him.
Step 5: I multiply. This is my favorite part of the whole process. Once the new leaders do the job well, it becomes their turn to teach others how to do it. As teachers know, the best way to learn something is to teach it.
I2: Short for Individual Initiative.
INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE: Taking action in furtherance of the Group’s Articulated Purpose without specific instructions.
• Teach a prospective leader how to do what he needs to do to lead.
• Give him a mission, so he can know where he is meant to go even when you aren’t around to tell him.
• Reward and praise the kind of initiative you want, regardless of the outcome.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it
2 Timothy 2:2
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come
We can help a person to be himself by our own willingness to steep ourselves temporarily in his world, in his private feelings and experiences. By our affirmation of the person as he is, we give him support and strength to take the next step in his own growth. Clark Moustakas
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.Benjamin Disrael
A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. Anonymous
A group of frogs was traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
Moral: There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. So be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way.