The transformative difference between training and development

Disney Institute Team in Detroit 2011
Stumbled upon this 2011 photo from a Disney Institute engagement in Detroit. Development can be as simple as encouraging others to have fun while they work.


The transformative difference between training and development.


If you’ve never worked inside a world class organization like Disney where the difference is called out and leveraged, you most likely have no idea the difference exists.

You may think training and development is the same thing.

Rookie mistake as it were.

Here’s the simple difference:

  • Train for compliance (meeting high expectations).
  • Develop for commitment (exceeding high expectations).

Clearer now?





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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.