Leaders who are looking for a more thoughtful and strategic approach to training and development must step away from the busy-ness of business, or they will miss important opportunities.

In the midst of a highly demanding training and development atmosphere, slowing down to thoroughly assess the best path forward to address needs for future growth may feel implausible, impractical or even self-indulgent. But to ensure that the organization is using its time, effort and dollars to their greatest value, providing the highest return on investment (ROI), it’s critical to build in time for a deliberate pause. In fact, slowing down and allowing yourself time for reflection will allow you to speed up, because you’ll have given yourself adequate time to confidently decide on and move forward with a strategic direction.

Importantly, these strategies will also require staff to build in a pause in their frenetic work pace to give customized training programs the appropriate consideration. Here are some examples.

Cross-pollination Between Departments

Give sales professionals the opportunity to spend a half-day shadowing technical staff to better understand the intersection between product development and marketing. Take the time with both teams to set the stage for an informative experience and then to debrief to implement their observations.

Mentoring Rising Executives

Pair executives with compatible rising stars as a way to ensure that the time they spend on coaching has value for both parties.

Effective Onboarding

Develop a high-impact process for integrating new hires into the organization as well as supporting individuals who are promoted internally to help them transition smoothly in their new roles.

Accelerated Action Plan for Success

Engage the management team in periodic sessions to evaluate if there are tools in place to increase innovation, arrive at key milestones, achieve better results and enhance industry reputation.

Making time for strategic pauses to effectively plan and initiate thoughtful training and development programs will result in a heightened sense of confidence, purpose and optimism. Additionally, relationships will become stronger, communication will improve and trust will skyrocket.