Training is especially required for talented employees. They may have the greatest knowledge in the product and the industry, but lack the skills to deliver any improvements, or work in a project atmosphere. Project management skills are required in all well run businesses. Even those who will not be a project manager, the employee must understand the duties of the managers and be able to contribute his talents and energy within the project team atmosphere.
Companies have segregated so many responsibilities into cubicle thinking. Employees only contribute what they are taught or told to contribute. Independent thinking has almost been erased from some companies. These companies may be very profitable and have great products. Think of what these companies could accomplish by actually inviting all employees to think as entrepreneurs. How much more profitable they could be.
I have been instructing the methodologies of PMP and Six Sigma and Scrum for several years and have found one thing in common with the students. A desire to improve their skills and the ability to contribute in their current positon as well as the business as a whole. I have also discovered that most of the students of Six Sigma, had entrepreneurial desires, and were trying to learn the skills.
If these businesses had an expensive piece of equipment that need updating or required heavy maintenance, they would not hesitate to spend the time and money. But an expensive employee that needs updating or maintenance, they have chosen to ignore.
In PMP training I teach that it is important to hire the talent, then develop the talent, lastly to manage the talent. Unfortunately, it seems like many of the businesses want to skip the employee development part.