What I usually look for in trainers is probably first and foremost authenticity, so when I speak to them, they are really engaged in what they do
— Silke Körner, Managing Partner, DEX Training & Consulting
In this week’s episode, we’re talking to Silke Koerner, Managing Partner of DEX Training & Consulting based in the beautiful city of Cologne in Germany. I became acquainted with Silke through a colleague of mine when she was working with an Austrian management consultancy and training company in Vienna. Since then, Silke has ventured out on her own and formed DEX together with her colleague Jörg Janzen.
Silke has quite a track record having been involved in several training businesses on three separate continents: South America, Australia – where she was a Senior Executive – and now Europe. Although German is her native language, Silke is completely fluent in Portuguese and English.
She has a certification in the implementation of the Kirkpatrick model and believes very much in its usefulness. Donald Kirkpatrick, a past President of the ATD created the eponymous model in the 1950’s in order to help assess the effectiveness of training interventions. Today, the 4-level Kirkpatrick model is a standard model used by learning & development professionals internationally.
As Managing Partner of DEX Training, Silke has the power to recruit and assign training contracts to freelance trainers. Silke explains to us in detail exactly what she looks for when considering whether to hire a training consultant on a contract basis!
Biggest takeaways you don’t want to miss:
- Silke’s journey in learning & development across three continents
- How Silke and her business partner Jörg came up with the business name
- How digital and experiential learning facilitate what she calls ‘deep-learning’
- Why behavioural-change is critical to the success of training interventions
- What the Kirkpatrick model means to Silke and why it is relevant to training
- What Silke looks for when hiring contract trainers
Resources mentioned in this episode:
ATD – Association for Talent Development [USA]
Kirkpatrick Model – Official site of the model with accompanying resources
Kirkpatrick Partners Book – Four Level of Training Evaluation available online [Amazon]
DEX Training – Silke’s training business based in Cologne [Germany]
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