Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Dr. Garry M. Hesser

Second Advisor

Daniel S. Hanson

Third Advisor

Dr. Lisa A. Weinberger


Organizations spend billions of dollars a year training their employees, yet most of this is wasted due to poorly designed training. Inappropriate time allotments, lack of management and organizational support, and ill-suited methods for adult learners all contribute to this waste.

Knowledge transfer to the workplace is the true measure of effective training, yet many corporations measure cost or hours of training completed. Organizations can be more effective by designing their training with factors that result in the greatest impact on the adult learner. Based on current literature on adult education these key factors are a modular format, interactive delivery method, relevance to work, valuing trainees' experiences, accommodating learning styles, and training assessment.

This project incorporates these key elements into a workshop focused on improving team effectiveness. As work is increasingly reliant on teams rather than individual performance alone, high-performing teams are crucial to the success of the modern organization.


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