Personality-Based Learning in the Shop

Sound familiar? It should. It is a similar method to the one our 2014 Leadtime Leader Winner Westminster Tool uses within its shop to educate and train employees. However, this post shares an article on research that shows personality-based learning can be the key to creating great employees and even better project teams.


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"Great employees are those who not only can learn fast, but can put what they learn to use fast, as well; quickly complete their projects and help others do the same; and, get along with others in the way that brings out the best of everyone. Being great is only part of the story, though," says Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, the founder of Cheetah Learning

What sets dream teams apart is their ability to work together and bring out the best in each other. A project management training program can help you develop your own dream team, and help your organization in three key ways: 

1. Employees who learn how to use their innate strengths based on their personalities learn faster, get their work done more efficiently, and get along with coworkers and supervisors better.

2. Companies with a core group of employees who know how to use their innate strengths in this way show measurable improvements in not just earnings, but also profits.

3. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can tell you if an employee has the capability to be one of these top performers. Developing a KPI that accounts for the degree to which each member is working in their areas of strength will help you develop a high-performing project team.

When developing a KPI to evaluate your employees’ effectiveness, consider creating a Balanced Scorecard (BSC) that includes these measures:

●      Internal business processes - How well does this team member communicate with coworkers, supervisors, clients, and other stakeholders?

●      Financial measures - How quickly is this team member able to move from acquiring new skills to implementing these skills in a way that creates value for your organization?

●      Organizational growth - How passionate is this team member about their work? How well does this team member collaborate with others to generate new business ideas?

By investing in project management training focused on developing the unique strengths of your team members - and then following through by using a KPI to evaluate employee performance - you can create a high-performing dream team.