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How long does it take to train a new manager?

If you look for New Manager Training using Google you will be faced with a choice of over 400 million links.  The course length of the 25 highest ranked providers of New Manager Training indicate that:

  • more than 60% of the courses advertised are completed within 3 days.
  • 16% of the courses extend to 4 days.
  • 12% offer on-line courses.
  • 8% do not specify the course duration.
  • and just 4% (one provider) advertises programmes of 3 or 6 months.

So how long does it really take to train a new manager?  This rather depends on how you define the term ‘train’.  The top internet ranked definition is:

the action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behaviour.”

What do employers expect from New Manager Training?  Do they expect that attendees will return to the workplace after one, two or three days and behave differently?  This is tantamount to expecting a significant change in behaviour over a long weekend.  Yes, they have been provided with the information that will tell then what they must do, but is that enough?  Feedback from one provider states that an attendee would “…use the information from the course as a bible to refer to when faced with a difficult management situation.”

I am struggling to imagine how I would feel if any of my managers had reached for their ‘bible’ when I presented them with a difficult situation.  I would have infinitely more confidence in someone who knew how to deal with a difficult situation than someone who relied on reference material that told them what to do.

Routes 2 Success delivers a programme lasting 3 or 6 months that focuses on the ‘how to’ rather than the ‘what to’ aspect of New Manager Training.  The programme, ‘Promoted! But what next?’, concentrates on the behavioural changes required when employees are made managers, or join new companies in a more senior role.  It is a new approach but is already getting great feedback.  The unique inclusion of an experiential element in the form of Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) sets this course apart from others of its kind.  Working with horses ensures that the attendee puts into practice the new behaviours they need to become an effective manager.

It only takes a few days to tell a newly appointed manager what to do but on ‘Promoted! But what next?’ we spend that time,  very differently.  We focus on developing the behaviours needed to manage difficult situations.  You cannot fool a horse into doing something it doesn’t want to do because you know the theory.  Horses will take managerial and leadership direction from someone who knows how to behave.  The EFL sessions included in the programme provide an excellent opportunity for the newly appointed manager to rehearse their style of management and leadership.  This cannot be replicated in a classroom environment.

So, if you as an individual or as a company would like to explore the behavioural change approach to New Manager Training then fill in the contact form on the Home Page and I will give you a call.  More information available at