Here in the Life Sciences training arena, we have a steady flow of people moving from the field to the home office, often involving a rotation in Sales Training.
This can be a great thing for professional development.
However, one the areas of need often pinpointed for on-boarding and developmental training is Project/Vendor Management. See the graphic below:
Why is Project Management competency so important? Here are 5 reasons:
- Sales people moving into roles of training/management have been trained in selling skills, but rarely in operational/process skills like Project Management.
- Managing projects and vendors is a high-profile activity involving lots of budget dollars. Failed execution can deeply impact the reputation of the trainer and the department.
- PM training equips training managers with communication skills, and collaboration strategies, that will carry over into all subsequent leadership roles.
- Those new to managing projects and vendors need proven tools, procedures, and frameworks in order to succeed.
- PM training provides a standardized set of processes and a common language so that the entire department can reinforce best practices.
Successfully managing projects and vendors is learning, in a collaborative environment, how to move an initiative forward from A to B. This is a much needed corporate skill, and should not be left to chance or good intentions. Focused training is required.
Of course, not all project management training is equal. Impactiviti has devoted years to developing and customizing modules that are precisely aligned to commercial life sciences training professionals. This training can be delivered live (on-site), or virtually (or both).
Contact us to discuss how we can help your department move toward best practices in project and vendor management (AskSteve@Impactiviti.com).