Are your organisation’s managers a help or a hindrance with training?

Are your organisations managers a help or hindrance with training - LandD Generous

Whilst there’s clearly a number of factors that contribute to the success of a capability development initiative, in my experience, one of the key things that will ensure success or failure is the managers of the program participants.

If managers don’t see/understand the value of training, if they feel that they’re losing an important team member(s) for the duration of the training who’s needed to get a job done (and they have to pick up the slack), if they don’t understand what their team member(s) will be learning, why, and how it will positively impact on them and the team, and, perhaps most importantly, if they don’t understand and positively embrace the important role they play in coaching and mentoring their team member(s) pre and post training to help them prepare, and then transfer their new learning to their day-to-day work, then I’m afraid Learning & Development will find they have a VERY hard task achieving targeted learning outcomes.

For this reason, it’s essential to have a strategy to ensure that participants’ managers are on board, engaged, and understand their role/responsibility.

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Learning & Development Quote – Pele

LandD Generous - Learning and Development Quote with image of Pele and his quote about learning

Inspiration via Learning & Development Related Quotes

Ok, I want to semi-regularly post a learning and development related quote to inspire you L&D people out there, or for you to use to inspire the people in your organisation to learn and build their capability.

To kick things off (if you’ll pardon the terrible pun), with the final of the 2018 Football/Soccer World Cup about to happen, I thought it would be appropriate to post a quote from one of the all-time-greats, Pele, who said…

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, study, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing, or learning to do”.

Wise words indeed!

Thanks, as always, for reading – please comment, like, follow, and/or share.


Sam 🙂


About the Author:

Sam Russell is a self-confessed Learning & Development tragic. In his work-life, he’s a long-time Australian Learning & Development consultant who works with clients to design, develop and implement ‘end-to-end’ blended capability development solutions. He’s also a keynote speaker on topics including (but not limited to) ‘The future of  organisation learning’, ‘Simple strategies for maximising transfer of learning to behaviour’, and ‘Speaking C-Suitese, not L&Dese, to win L&D budget approval’.

You can contact him via this website or by email at or by phone on + 61 (0) 412 299 181.

Have you been to the World’s biggest L&D conference yet?

ATD - The World's Biggest Learning & Development Conference - L&D Generous

A quick confession…

Ok, before I get going on this article, I must fess-up and admit that I didn’t know anything about the ATD conference until David King at the awesome knowledge-sharing platform provider ‘Tribal Habits‘ told me about it, so this article is basically thanks to him…thanks David! 🙂

The Learning & Development Mecca

Ok, pretty much every group has their own ‘Mecca’. In soccer, it’s the (currently underway) World Cup, for hippies, it’s Burning Man, for kids, it’s Disney Land…and, for Learning & Development people, it would seem to be the annual ATD conference in the USA.

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Learning & Development Bingo

Learning and Development Bingo Card - L and D Generous

The lighter side of Learning and Development…

It’s been a while since I posted something on the light-hearted side, so here’s my Learning & Development version of ‘Board-Room-Bingo’.

The next time you have a long Learning and Development related meeting organised, grab your unique L&D Generous bingo card and let the hilarity commence!

I’ve tried to include as many of the most common (and somewhat cliched) L&D terms I can think of, including SME, Learning Outcomes, Balanced Scorecard, Skills Needs Analysis, Adult Learning Principles, etc. However, I’m sure I’ve missed out LOADS of obvious ones so, if you can think of any, please add them in the comments below. Continue reading

What do you say when the SLT doesn’t see the point in training?

What do you say when the SLT doesn't see the point in training? - LandD Generous

Ok, we’ve come a LONG way in the last few years in terms of SLTs/C-Suites gaining a greater understanding of the need for well designed and implemented Learning & Development programs to ensure the maximum in capability and engagement, and therefore productivity and profits (click here to see my previous post ‘What’s the connection between leadership and organisational value?’ for more on this topic).

However, it’s still fairly common for people to say to me that their SLT doesn’t really seem to see the point of training…one L&D Manager even told me that her CEO had once asked her (in front of others) ‘So, what are you wasting money on today?’ (!?!?!?!?). Continue reading

My favourite example of good online/video learning

A Great Example of an Online Learning Video - L and D Generous

A Great Example of an Online Learning Video – L and D Generous

What do we want from any kind of learning resource/initiative? Well, we obviously want the learner(s) to gain new knowledge and skills and we want them to be able and willing to use those skills (i.e. we want them to transfer them to their behaviour).

However, what if, as is so often the case, they don’t have a need to use the new knowledge and skills for some time…perhaps even years? And, what if the nature of the knowledge/skill means that they won’t have time or the ability to look up or ask for what they need, when they need it? Then the learning opportunity had better be damned good. Continue reading

L&D Resources – The Good Practice Podcast

The Good Practice Podcast - L and D Generous

A Great Learning Resource for Learning & Development Professionals

If you’re like the vast majority of Learning and Development people I know, then you’ll spend so much of your time, effort and budget implementing ways of developing your workforce’s capabilities, you’ll have almost nothing left for developing your own.

If you’re into Podcasting (and if not, why not?), then can I recommend you add ‘The Good PracticeThe Good Practice‘ podcast to your play-list? Continue reading