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what is the difference between training and development?
27th November 2011 From India, Madras
Many people would say they are pretty much one and the same thing. But here is a quote I found from leadership writer John Maxwell:
“When we train people, we focus on the job. When we develop people, we focus on the person. When we train people, we’re adding value to specific things, such as what their job description is. When we develop people, we add value to everything. They not only become better in their jobs, they become better in life. Employee training is a necessity for any business that wants to remain competitive in today’s marketplace. But leaders who want to make a lasting difference also recognize that training by itself is not enough. Training people is helpful for a short time, Developing people is helpful for a lifetime. And while the result of training is changed performance ….. The result of development is changed lives.”
Hope that helps.
28th November 2011 From Australia, Melbourne
Dear S. Rama krishnan, Training is short term process given by enhancing specific skills and development is long term process .
28th November 2011 From India, Delhi
Training is the input from you or HR to person on certain field/ process and technical field etc. Development is the feedback from the trainee or assessment by you that how much he devleoped on the respective field. We can say is development is the OUTPUT of the Process and Training is the INPUT on the same. Thanks and Regards
28th November 2011 From Kuwait, Kuwait
Training may be for present need just to enhance the skills of person. But development of employees is done considering for future needs of an organization. The training modules are prepared for the same and employees are selected for this purpose.
Surendra Verma
28th November 2011 From India, Delhi
Thank you John for enlightening the right message.
@Ramamkrishnan: What John's message is very true.
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28th November 2011 From India, Madras
development is the outcome of training. training is the source of development. the effect of training could only be seen and measured in development study:marks::training:development
28th November 2011 From India, Calcutta
Both are operational terms in HRD. Training and Development implies Executive Training and Management Development- inwhich the former is given to supervisory categories/executives to impart skills to upgrade the current performance, whereas the later is given to managerial people (middle / top level) aims at providing knowledge. Training is more of technical and development helps for overall growth (OD) of an individual.
28th November 2011 From United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
hi ram,
you have different philanthropic meaning to the terms training and development, in Hr Language and in the industry, training is given to the blue collar employees i.e workers for developing certain skills for a job whereas development is given to the white collar employees i.e executives and managers BY refining and enlarging their capability for present and future requirements.
following is a trivial difference between T & D
It is usually targeted in most cases for non-managerial personnel
The aim here is to develop specific skill in an individual
It is a one-shot affair
It is mostly the result of some outside motivation
It is meant usually for managerial personnel
The aim here is to develop the total personality of the individual
It is a continuous process
Development is the result of internal motivation
It is a proactive process
Development may not be led by an instructor
28th November 2011 From India, Muradnagar
Examples of Training are - Product Training, Job Training etc. Development is where in you assist an employee in the overall development of his personality by giving him sessions on self improvement, Motivation, ethics, values etc.
28th November 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Dear Mr. Hariharan,
I disagree with your statements marked in BLUE & highlighted in BOLD.
There are certain skills need to be mastered by WHITE COLLAR PROFESSIONALS and MANAGERS @ DIFFERENT HIERARCHY LEVELS as well, hence they are also trained.
OVER ALL DEVELOPMENT is meant for every employee of an organisation, irrespective of his position in the hierarchy. No organisation can succeed in get things done from their employees, just by training them for bridging the gap or to make them competent.
With profound regards

28th November 2011 From India, Chennai
Dear All,

If we understood correctly,

1. Training:

The process of training people for profession/art/assignment etc. There are various processes of training people or of being trained for a profession or activity. A person new to a job/assignment/art/know how requires training before he is placed thereon/assigned thereto. It could have been thro' education, or thro' a guide, seniors, supervisors, team leaders etc.

The trained person acquires necessary skills, knowledge, ways & means to do certain given/taken job. And then he/she develops.

2. Development. The training thus acquired leads to > change, growth, or improvement over a time or then & there.

3. We encourage our colleagues/staff in their development of new skills.

4. The gradual development of his/her ideas into an advanced theory/practice, pracise & execution.

Thus all blend into one and how the development takes place.

It is hardly one develops into other one without training (training include previously acquired basic knowledge as well). So sequence is like that. Mere training only does't necessarily guarantee the product/execution.

Am I correct ?

30th November 2011 From India, Bangalore
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