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An unashamed 'L&D tragic'.

Winning L&D Budget Approval – Developing a Compelling Training Program Business Case

Winning Learning and Development Budget Approval - L and D Generous

Do you know how to develop a winning business case for a Learning and Development initiative?

This is actually an article that I first posted some time ago on another forum. However, I often get asked about winning L&D budget approval (indeed, I quite often work with clients on developing a business case for approval), so I thought it would be worth posting again here on L&D Generous. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts but, hopefully, worth the read.

What they didn’t tell you when you took your first Learning & Development role

There’s a good chance that when you started in your Learning and Development career, no one told you that one of the important abilities you’d need is sales. However, there’s simply no getting away from the fact that to win approval for your training strategy, you’ll often need some pretty decent sales skills.

But, as any experienced, professional salesperson will tell you, to win the approval Continue reading

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L&D Cartoon – Too Busy To Learn

Learning and Development Cartoon - Too Busy To Learn - L and D Generous

Does your organisation suffer from being ‘Too busy to get better’?

Ok, once again, it’s the end of the week, so it’s time to lighten the mood with a Learning and Development ‘Friday Funny’.

In fairness, this one isn’t that funny at all (especially as I suspect that many of you probably bang your heads on the wall trying to get people, from front-line to C-suite, to engage in Learning and Development initiatives, only to complain that they/their team/the organisation isn’t performing at its best), but it does quite nicely illustrate how Continue reading

What’s in a name? How might the name of your learning resources affect engagement?

Naming Training Programs - L and D Generous

Does the name of your capability development initiatives impact on engagement?

I was recently thinking about the unavoidable fact that some people resist any initiative labelled ‘training’ or ‘learning’…indeed, some people seem to be actively anti anything to do with training/learning.

We can debate the possible reasons for this (e.g. terrible experiences in school, thinking they know it all already, not seeing capability development as a priority, people who ‘don’t like being told what to do’, etc) but the harsh reality is that there will always be some people (sometimes many people) who just react negatively to anything with the words ‘training’ or ‘learning’ (or similar) in them.

Now, there’s a lot we can do to overcome such objections Continue reading

L&D Event Alert: Australian Learning Impact Awards – Brisbane – 29th Sep 2018

Learning and Development Industry Event Alert - Australian Learning Impact Awards - L and D Generous

Before I get into the main point of this post, I want to apologies for being AWOL for the past week or so. I’m afraid I came down with a severe case of the dreaded ‘Man-Flu’, so spent a few days at home feeling very sorry for myself.

Australian Learning Impact Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

For those of you that haven’t got your ticket for the Australian Impact Awards yet, there’s still some available!

For anyone that doesn’t know anything about these awards Continue reading

Learning & Development Quote – Henry Ford

Learning and Development Quotes - Henry Ford - L and D Generous

Henry Ford – Creator of possibly the most famous L&D related post ever…

It’s Friday, so time for something a little lighter-hearted.

Rather than the typical ‘L&D Friday Funny’, I thought I’d go with a Learning and Development quote…indeed, possibly the most famous and oft-quoted Learning and Development quote ever.

Henry Ford, who I’m sure needs no introduction, once famously said Continue reading

Capability Development by Stealth – What subtle initiatives can you use to encourage and support organisational capability and cultural goals?

Capability Development by Stealth – What subtle initiatives can you use to encourage and support organisational capability and cultural goals?

Developing capability and culture by stealth…

So, my recent article ‘Is this the best L&D related advert ever?’ about Sodastream’s ‘Join the Revolution’ video prompted a completely reasonable question from one reader… ‘Yes, it’s a clever recruiting video that’s well executed with clear culture messages, but I’m struggling to see how this is a Learning and Development video’.

A fair point and one that actually opens up a much wider question about the additional strategies that can be employed to encourage and embed our organisational capability and/or cultural goals.

Before I expand on that, here was my response to the original question… Continue reading

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams - L and D Generous

How can you help you function leads develop their team members?

From HR and Marketing through to Sales and Accounting, the role of a function manager is an extremely challenging one and, whilst those managers can be highly skilled and experienced, research suggests that they often feel under-prepared and/or overwhelmed in regard to addressing their team’s capability development needs.

Here’s a few simple strategies for helping them identify and address their team members’ capability needs and, as a result, decrease workplace stress, anxiety and dis-engagement and increase positivity, performance and productivity : Continue reading