What’s the best way to train your employees?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Why Startups Should Train Their People – Ben’s Blog

Enforce functional training by withholding new employee requisitions. Enforce management training by teaching it yourself.

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Four reasons why you should train your team | A Founder’s Notebook

There are four reasons you should train your people: 1. Productivity. Andy Grove demonstrates that training is one of the highest leverage activities a manager can perform. Consider putting on four lectures for 10 people, which take a total of 12 hours work. Next year those 10 people will work a total of 20,000 hours. If your training results in a 1% improvement, you will gain the equivalent of 200 hours of work. 2. Performance management. If you… (read more)

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Does getting an MBA make someone a better entrepreneur? – Ben’s Blog

[An MBA] is in no way a substitute for real management experience and that’s where it can be harmful — when the holder of the MBA thinks they know how to manage, because they have an MBA.

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How to implement a functional training program | A Founder’s Notebook

The training courses should be tailored to the specific job. If you attempt the more complex-style course, be sure to enlist the best experts on your team as well as the manager. As a happy side effect, this type of effort will do more to build a powerful, positive company culture than a hundred culture-building strategic off-site meetings. No startup has time to do optional things. Therefore, training must be mandatory.

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Why Startups Should Train Their People – Ben’s Blog

Training is, quite simply, one of the highest-leverage activities a manger can perform. If your training efforts result in a 1 percent improvement in you subordinates’ performance, you company will gain the equivalent of two hundred hours of work as the result of the expenditure of your twelve hours.

Mitchell Harper (Co-Founder & Board Member @ Bigcommerce)
28 things I’d do differently next time around — Medium

Make sure all senior leaders have their own executive coaches

Seth Godin (Founder at Yoyodyne Entertainment)
Seth’s Blog: Training and the infinite return on investment

Training pays.

Sometimes, it’s easy to underestimate just how much it pays.

Consider an employee who is going to work 2000 hours for you this year. It’s not unusual for an organization to spend only 10 or 20 hours training this person–which means about 1% of their annual workload.

How much training would it take for this person to be 10% better at her job? If you invest 100 hours (!) it’ll pay for itself in just six months. There aren’t many… (read more)