A Little TAP History
One challenge we faced in Thailand was, given the participatory nature of our company's mission, how to train people to give and receive feedback, a cultural anathema, and how to market, when it is not appropriate to blow one's own horn. Well, we did struggle with those issues, but managed to stay in business and do good work until we left for Manila on January 1, 1990! Looking back almost twenty years , we can say with pride that TA did as much to bring participatory training approaches to Thailand as it did to build Denny's international reputation. All in all, we calculate that we trained approximately one thousand (1000) trainers, including at least 40% in ZOPP project strategic management facilitation skills-thanks to our relationship with GTZ..
We can also say with pride that Training Associates Company Ltd, TA, created training capacity in development organizations, personnel offices and hotels around the country, where many of our former employees and partners (Nisa, Prakeet, Preeya, Dhone, Amphon, Tit, Yeesoon, Galeeyanee) now work. A bunch of them got together with Denny when he was in Thailand in December of 2003. (See the webpage with an anecdotes from theTA archives )
Denny and I liked the name TAP so much that when we decided to start our business again in the States we called it Training Associates Pacific, because we had settled in the Pacific Northwest-and we liked TAP's peaceful connotation.