Let’s look at this unique and important difference a little deeper. Keeping in mind the definition of transformation being Transformation is the complete change into something with an improved usefulness how does this happen and is it something you want your people to embrace.
To transfer is to teach knowledge and leave it at that. To transform is to use what is taught in practical, applicable ways as the focus for learning. Any training without transformation is like education without application.
I learned as a teacher that true education only happens when learning is linked to one’s experience.The work for a good teacher is how to make one’s field of expertise relevant to the hearer’s experience.
If you want to know how hard this is, think about this reality. Did you have many more “good” teachers in your academic experience or many more mediocre or “bad” teachers? I would bet mediocre or “bad.”.
What was the difference? The good teachers taught students by making the subject relevant in the students’ experience. The mediocre/bad teachers taught the book i.e. subject without making it relevant.
To settle for just transfer of knowledge is to “cheat” your people from the experience of the application of that knowledge that could transform them and your corporate culture.
The training in ethics must be transformational. Anything short of this, cheapens the importance of ethics in your workplace. More importantly, your people know it.