Training is a difficult process, and maximizing bang-for-the-buck is important, especially for small businesses with tight resources. One way to ensure training is as effective as possible is to start with hiring. Understand that no one is good at everything; move employees around in attempts to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Play up their strengths, and train them in the areas where they falter. This process can also help management better identify those employees who would make good leaders. Leadership is a skill that is difficult to teach. Identifying this potential right away and fast-tracking these employees is critical. It’s also important to understand that no two people are alike, and as a consequence, no one training method will be effective across the workforce. Some people are more analytical and do better with written instruction, and some prefer hands-on training methods. By mixing up modalities, management can ensure that training will be effective for everyone.