How to Delegate Your Training Program

So you've realized that there's more that you could be doing to invest in the development of your people. But where to begin? You and your top performers have the knowledge your team needs, but definitely don't have time to pack more meetings or calls onto your schedule. Hiring someone to create a program would be great but even that takes time and resources. And if you have an L&D team, they probably struggle to incorporate knowledge from the whole organization into training materials.

Instead, delegate the development of a training program to the team you have in place today. They know what junior employees need to learn, so tap that knowledge to easily create a training and continuous learning program. 

You probably already know who is the best at different skills. You may even already utilize that a bit for onboarding with a series of meetings brining in different team members to explain what they do and how they do it. But most likely, the utilization of your team's existing organizational knowledge drops off sharply once new hires get through the honeymoon phase.

You can significantly improve on this by assigning discrete topics to your top performers and have them build up a digital archive of their knowledge on that topic. Someone takes core skills, another takes competitor profiles, another for industry news & insights, and one more for leadership development. Then, flow those streams of knowledge to the rest of the team so that they can rapidly improve towards the skill levels of your veterans.

The best part is that this can be very easy for those assigned with teaching certain skills. Odds are that there are many publicly available resources that your top performers learned from that they can simply bring in to cover their topic. Maybe it's a book, TED talk, or series of blog posts. Whatever the topic, it's very likely that they can simply grab some existing materials to do the lifting for them. Then, simply put some light personal commentary on top highlighting the key points and what is specifically relevant for your company and you've got a world-class knowledge stream from your in-house experts.

Your junior employees want to learn and grow. Your vets likely want to help. Create the streams of knowledge to bring both sides together.