Our Principled Approach
We work to sound principles of best practice so that the training we deliver is right for the job and not just delivered because it is here.
- We will only suggest training if we are genuinely satisfied that training will generate the results you are looking for.
- We recognise that people develop and learn in many ways, not just through training and will consider a range of options before recommending a training programme.
- ur programmes are designed to meet clearly stated objectives. We do not "fill out" time but make sure that the programme does what it is designed to do.
- We recognise that training to achieve practical skills requires a higher specification than training that seeks to achieve only increased knowledge and understanding. We will discuss with you the options you have in order to meet the specific requirements of your organisation.
- We will be honest and tell you if we believe that what you are asking us to do will not work or is in some way not appropriate. We will discuss with you what can be achieved within your budget, resources and timescales and alternative ways to make up any shortfalls.
Our Depth of Experience
We have wide experience - across many industries, cultures and all levels of seniority - so that we can bring that wider dimension to discussion and training sessions as to how similar issues have been tackled elsewhere (although we will never break client confidentiality).
The Managing Consultants of PITHON have more than five decades of business experience between them and more than two decades of consultancy and training experience. Our associate group is comprised of experienced consultants and trainers who are specialists in their fields.
We have through our own clients and as faculty for other prominent organisations, worked throughout the UK and mainland Europe as well as in the Middle East, Far East, USA, Africa and Australia. Clients businesses have included manufacturers, insurance companies, public sector organisations, banks, construction companies, retail chains, pharmaceuticals and the voluntary sector.
This all means that when we deliver training for you, we bring the benefit of that past experience as well and can often broaden discussion by introducing viewpoints encountered elsewhere in other countries, companies or industries.
The Choice is Yours
You choose what the training will be and we help you make that choice an informed one so that you can be confident that the choice you have made fits with the needs of the organisation.
We recognise that anything we do for you is using your budget and the time of your people. Therefore, you make the decision as to what training will be delivered for your people. However, we also realise that it is unreasonable to expect you to make a decision unless you have the facts with which to make that decision! We will help you to make that decision an informed one.
Broadly, where a training programme will meet your need, your choice is for one or more of the following:
Programmes run for Your Organisation ('Specific Design' programmes)
We can design and run training programmes specially tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation. Much of our business is conducted in this way. These programmes can include discussion around issues currently prevalent in your organisation and will examine how the programme can be applied in the context of your business.
This does not necessarily mean that you will have to pay for the complete design of a programme from the start point -in many cases we can draw from existing materials where appropriate without having to rewrite everything. We will discuss openly with you what needs to be designed and written and what can be drawn from existing materials.
We will need to discuss with you the specific requirements you have and, usually, it is advisable for us to meet with a small cross-section of the target audience in order to ascertain the situation as they see it. This is most effectively done by way of a short fact-finding workshop of a couple of hours although sometimes, where this is not possible, we can hold one-to-one interviews.
If necessary, we can develop case studies and simulations that are specific to your organisation or industry. However this is not always necessary to achieve the required learning. Case Studies and simulations take time to write and we will not recommend that this is done unless we feel it is absolutely necessary.
Public and Generic Programmes
A generic programme is one that has been written to deal with a topic but with no one particular client organisation in mind. Some topics lend themselves well to generic use and this reduces the amount of design and development work we need to do to prepare the course for you.
A public programme is one that is open to the public for enrolment. We are widely experienced at running public programmes as we are on the faculty of Management Centre Europe (MCE) in Brussels and frequently facilitate public programmes for them. One of the great benefits of public programmes is that the delegates from each organisation meet and work with other delegates from other organisations, industries or countries - a great opportunity to network and share perspectives.
PITHON does not currently schedule its own public programmes. However, if you require a mixed audience programme in order to enjoy the benefits of networking and perspective sharing, then we would be pleased to work with you to help organise the programme once you have identified willing organisations.
Needs More Fact-Finding First
When you go to a doctor, before prescribing a cure, he or she will want to diagnose your ailment through questioning and examination. The real cause of your symptoms might emerge to be different to what you thought.
In the same way, we need to identify what is causing the 'symptoms' that have indicated to you that training might be needed. We will always seek to clarify that training really is needed rather than just sell you a course. This can often be done inexpensively and in little time and might save you the expense of buying inappropriate or unnecessary training.
Fact finding - sometimes referred to as'Needs Analysis' - can involve the use of workshops and / or questionnaires but is often satisfied by a few short discussions.