In this episode of Excellence in Training, Shawn Rogers and I consider how you should envision your training.

Shawn begins his journey with the famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, where Stephen R. Covey said, “All things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. Take the construction of a home, for example. You create it in every detail before you ever hammer the first nail into place. . . Then you reduce it to blueprint and develop construction plans. . . Begin with the end in mind. ”

This principle applies to creating a compliance training program. A common mistake is jumping right to the question if which courses you want and how to deploy them. However, there are several things you need to think about before you start building the program.

Here are the steps we followed at GM as we envisioned what our compliance training should look like:

  1. Decide on the program’s guiding principles
  2. Establish program design objectives
  3. Develop a style guide or set of course standards
  4. Determine the exact risks that will be addressed by the training program
  5. Set up a governance process to ensure stakeholder alignment, approve the program design, approve the budget, and monitor effectiveness.In Covey’s terms, these activities resulted in the blueprint — or the  “first creation” —  of our compliance training program. We did all of these before we selected our vendor and started building our training courses.