How many times have you heard the phrase “well if I could just wave a magic wand and make it happen I would”?
When it comes to getting the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time, anyone in the talent management and related arenas can appreciate the inherent challenges of achieving this holy grail of an objective. These days everything needs to be done yesterday. Schedules and deadlines prevail and dominate the landscape for most international business people who are inevitably juggling multiple priorities.
In order to achieve results in language learning, focus and dedication is required. The best way to create an environment to foster and expedite this learning process is through intensive, residential language courses that you can control.
Often at senior management level, there is a need to move an executive into a new role with a different culture and language. Sometimes with not much notice and a lot of family upheaval to boot. As a result, the senior executive and potentially their spouse may have a diverse range of language and cultural learning needs, dependant on their roles and lifestyles. Only a bespoke and tailored programme can truly address these more complex needs, combining relevant course content with a social aspect in which to practice their new skills. The context this provides in addition to the classroom learning supports the learning process and also helps retention. Practice makes perfect.
A course that is modular in its construction enables the whole person to be taken into consideration and delivers a more honed and holistic result. Whether the executive needs to focus on trend analysis and presentations or number crunching for budgets and spreadsheets, focussing on how they communicate can only represent a positive investment for their employer. Doing it quickly is an added bonus. The social aspect of this helps them to integrate into the country from a cultural perspective as well as giving them the opportunity to practise their language skills in a supportive environment with understanding and patient teachers.