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Training: Why Not Do More?

By Kraig Ware , VP of Operations, TYGES International

How much do you spend on training? No matter the amount, we can all agree that training is vital to our team’s overall success and development. In the United States, spending on corporate training grew by 15% last year (the highest growth rate in seven years) to over $70 Billion in the US and over $130 Billion worldwide, according to Forbes contributor Josh Bersin. Again, training is vital; however, I wanted to challenge you and your company with the following question, “Why not do more?”

Not more training per se; yet, just do training in such a way, that it does more. 

Case in point, TYGES International held a team training event to demonstrate the basics of an assembly line within a factory. The team was split up into R&D, production managers, process engineers, assembly workers, quality control managers, material handlers, etc… The office was set up to include 4 cells within the factory, along with a warehouse. The “secondary” goal was to demonstrate how a factory works and bring attention to the SOP of each position; thus, bringing more clarity to the types of positions that we recruit for everyday.

Sounds pretty ordinary, right? I mean, you set up a team training event and bring clarity to a process, a system, or to enhance a skill(s). The overall goal of having some fun, while learning something that will improve the performance of your team. In TYGES’ case that was the “Secondary” goal. So what was the “Primary” reason or goal?

Here is where the, “Why not do more?” comes in.

When I first got out of college, I thought it was all about the career/money. I still remember what my grandfather shared at my graduation. He shared three things. He said,

“Always be nice to people (never burn a bridge), always have a place in your heart for God (it’s bigger than you), and it is not all about the money.”

I thought to myself, in a loving way of course…What, was this old man crazy or out of touch? I just graduated, I have the world at my finger tips…of course it is about the money. But you know, after my first 25 years of managing incredible people, he was dead on. Money is never the #1, it really doesn’t matter which Employee Survey you use. So what is #1? Usually a big #1 or in the top 2 or 3 is PURPOSE.

So how could a team training of a factory’s assembly line have “purpose” or IMPACT. That is answered by the finished product that the factory made. In this case, the factory made 25 “Survival Boxes” for homeless folks that have found themselves in a difficult season. The “Survival Boxes” bring much needed items to survive during the cold winters of Virginia and more importantly, they bring Hope.

At TYGES, we believe (and it is our stated mission):

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

TYGES International’s Santa’s Workshop was a success! The 25 “Survival Boxes” pictured under the Christmas Tree are being delivered tonight…it’s never too late for a gift of HOPE.

When you train, do more! Sure, the TYGES team learned the ins and outs of the factory during this team training and yes this will help them to be more successful in helping other people. Much bigger than that though, is the money spent wasn’t for a video or a nice team trip; yet, to help someone who “really” needs it.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives.  Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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