Training and Teaching Talent Doesn’t Have to Be Competitive

Training and Teaching Talent Doesn’t Have to Be Competitive

Training and Teaching Talent Doesn’t Have to Be Competitive

First, a summary: Training and coaching for school age children has declined over the past three decades with our school systems focused on just getting them into school. The decline was even documented in a 1978 Gallup poll that studied 75,000 teachers around the world. It was reported that 75% of teachers “found that children were in need of more attention from parents.” As adults, the study revealed that teachers were under an increasing amount of pressure to work hard with fewer resources from school principals and superintendents to achieve identical test scores. The lack of solid training and coaching has resulted in less skilled workers and lower happiness among employees.

It was also reported in a 1999 survey by Gallup. They surveyed more than 1,000 leaders in selected corporations. Over the decade, “employees wanted more commitment from their leaders.” More than half of the CEO respondents said that employees were leaving to work for new companies and newer companies, and 70% felt that the behavior of their employees had a negative impact on the business.

Ironically, training and coaching are exactly what those talent prodigies in the fitness industry are lacking because they don’t have it. They often lack financial help to pay for the coaching necessary for success. They don’t have it because they simply do not spend enough time working towards professional success. It is unhelpful to compare exercise and training companies to one another – rather, we need a talent system where training and coaching is as much or more effective than the facilities that offer them. It is the facility that offers good training and coaching that will find more consistent success.

When they add it all up, it is hard to tell how many people will leave, but the decline in this area is especially visible in the USA. Over the past three decades, approximately 250,000 students per year have been switched out of “tutoring” (teacher assistance) and into “competitive” training and coaching which is the sport industry’s equivalent of T-ball or Little League for the rest of us. The vast majority of them are unable to survive the competition and are actually outperformed in their chosen sport by the teens they are replacing. Many who do turn professional leave the industry and in most cases, never show up again. So what has made this so difficult to change?

I truly believe it is the industry that often has become fixated on the idea of teaching talent as if it were a competition, when it is way too early in the career cycle to start thinking like that. Instead, how can we as an industry support it?

Consider a rewards and recognition system where certified talent professionals are given recognition for success – not for how many students they will teach. What can we do to start teaching all jobs the skills to thrive so that we attract and retain talent?

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