Starbucks Training their Staff

I just finished reading an article on how Starbucks is closing over 7000 of their stores, for 3 hours on Tuesday, for remedial espresso training.  Starbucks, which already has an extensive training program feels that their baristas are not making their coffee drinks up to the standard that Starbucks seeks to be known for. 

When was the last time you saw a company, who is committed to success, stop all business activities to insure that their staff have the proper skill set to perform their job?  You don’t see it because most companies are short sighted.  They are willing to delivery mediocre products and let their customers know that as a company, they do not care!

Starbucks is setting a ‘gold standard’ on this.  They ‘are doing’ what many more companies aught to be doing…. training their staff.  They are less concerned with the loss of economic opportunity (which Dunkin Donuts is taking advantage of with their 99 cent caffeine shot) for those 3 hours, but remain focused on the truly ‘long-term’ value of delivering high quality coffee products. 

In the end, this training action by Starbucks will cement their already strong relationship with their customers, who in turn will provide the on-going viral word-of-mouth advertising for their superior coffee products. 

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Bryant Nielson is heavily involved in the Corporate Training and Leadership and Talent space. He currently is the Managing Director for CapitalWave Inc and the training division, Financial Training Solutions. He brings a diverse corporate experience of organizational development, learning and talent development, and corporate training, that also includes personal coaching of top sales individuals and companies of all sizes. For the prior 4 years, Bryant was the Managing Director and Leadership and Talent Manager for Lengthen Your Stride! LLC. In this position, Nielson was the developer of all of the courses for MortgageMae University (MMU), the Realtor Development Center (RDC), and of Lengthen Your Stride! (LYS). In that position, he developed material, refined over many years of use and active training, and condensed the coursework and training to be high impact, natural learning, and comprehensive. Bryant has over 27 years of Senior Management experience encompasses running his own Training and mortgage firm, in New York City. He strongly believes that the corporate training is not to be static but should 'engage and inspire' students to greater productivity and performance.