If you expect your team to deliver sustainable results then you have to ensure that the training they get is focused, cohesive and layered. Before we go into the depth of each of those features it is important to note that no company or team is same, therefore no training would be beneficial unless customized to suit the idiosyncrasies of each team. And it is this thought that should form the basis of corporate curriculum development – a curriculum that will bring external knowledge and seamlessly bind it with the internal talent.

Key features of a corporate curriculum development

As mentioned earlier, a team should be trained with 3 essential aspects in mind. Focus – The most effective design of a curriculum is based on research – on what the company’s and leader’s goal is. A team which is honed into essential skills and works towards a single unified goal is most likely to win. It is a combination of theory and real world experience that makes a winning curriculum.

Cohesiveness – The shrinking globe has expanded the team beyond geographical boundaries. For a company to function well and command global market share, the team needs to receive cohesive and comprehensive training. Curriculum developed for the team should incorporate the diversity as well as the opportunity of the expanded boundaries.

Layers – It takes an astute leader and equally intelligent trainer to develop a curriculum which will not only teach but also bring out the best in the team. Corporate curriculum development should focus on the diverse talent pool and ensure that each aspect of this diversity is honed and enhanced. The potential in each layer should be brought in the forefront and applied as unified team performance.

Corporate curriculum development is focused at filling up the knowledge gaps, upgrading skillsets and build winning teams. And all these can be possible when full task and need analysis is done before the curriculum is designed. The first step is to sit down with team leads and determine what they expect out of the team and what they perceive as strengths and weaknesses of the team. Secondly, there is need to have some interaction with the team to gauge the potential, the drawbacks and knowledge gaps. These internal elements are then pitted against the current skill levels across the industry to design a specific training program.

This is known as structured needs analysis process, and is an essential beginning to proper corporate curriculum development. This would enable closing the skill gap and making the team or company truly efficient and productive. Once the analysis is complete, customized content is developed, a training schedule established and a delivery of instruction and experiments mapped out. Through the focused and step by step approach there is a transfer of knowledge and technology into the work environment.

A variety of delivery methods are applied during the training. Traditional classrooms combine with flexible e-learning modes to match the time, geographical and generational differences and diversity of a workplace. Only a focused and customized corporate curriculum development can handle this diversity and ensure that the client gets true value out of the training.

Gary C. Takacs is the founder of The CEO University, an executive training organization for Chief Executives through CEO Peer Groups and Executive Peer Groups.  Gary is also a speaker for business organizations on business growth, business profitability and business culture.