Are you ready for 2019? The Bare Essentials of a Successful Learning & Development Strategy

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Are you ready for your 2019 Learning and Development programs?

 

So we’re already staring down the barrel of 2019 (where the hell did 2018 go already!?!), meaning that this year’s Learning and Development initiatives will be coming to an end and, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to start thinking about next year’s.

However, this is where many Learning & Development strategies fall down…i.e. before work begins on developing the strategy, the time hasn’t been taken to identify goals that are not just focussed on the desired outcomes but that also take a realistic look at elements such as the [likely] allocated budget, availability of staff, available resources, etc, etc.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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How many L&D/OD jobs are there in Australia, where are they and how to they relate to L&D spend?

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VERY unscientific research conducted on Seek.com.au

Periodically, I like to have a look at the number of Australian Learning and Development and Organisational Development job adverts there are on Seek.

No, this isn’t simply my ‘L&D Tragicness’ rearing its ugly head (although, in fairness, that almost certainly plays a part). It’s because, whilst it’s not exactly scientific research to do a quick, generic job-search on Seek, it does give a pretty decent insight into the health of the industry, and not just from a job market point of view.

When times are tough, training is one of the things that suffers as companies tighten their purse strings (although, don’t get me started on how crazy that is…a topic for another post for sure!). With less training being delivered comes less [perceived] need for Learning and Development staff. Continue reading

Create the workplace culture you want to work in

Create the workplace culture you want to work in - L and D Generous

Gandhi once famously said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, it seems to me that this same advice is very relevant when looking to make a positive change to workplace culture (indeed, it’s a topic I’ve spoken about as a keynote).

Anyone who’s been in the Learning and Development space for more than five minutes will know that culture is basically everything…i.e. if you have a culture of positivity, engagement, support, capability, etc your organisation is likely to succeed. If you have a culture of negativity, blame, incapability, etc, your organisation is almost certainly destined to fail.

So where does Learning and Development fit into all this?

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The unofficial L&D Generous ‘Must Read Learning & Development Books List’ (as voted by you)

The L&D Generous Unofficial Essential Learning and Development Book List

The L&D Generous Unofficial Essential Learning and Development Book List

A big thank you to everyone that read, liked, and made recommendations in response to my ‘What are your top Learning & Development ‘Must Read’ Books?’ post last week.

Here, in no particular order, is the list (so far)…

  • ‘Level Up – Building the highest performance teams’ by Dr Pete Stebbins with Alistair Kerr (thank you for this recommendation Bronwyn Jones)
  • ‘The FISH! Philosophy’ by John Christensen (thank you for this recommendation Danielle Peters)
  • ‘Learning Conversations’ by Sheila Harri-Augstein and Laurie Thomas (thank you for this recommendation Doug Hawkins)
  • ‘The leadership pipeline’ by Ram Charan & Drotter (thank you for this recommendation Jinty Ainsworth)
  • ‘How we Learn’ by Benedict Carey (thank you for this recommendation Karen Dahlstrom)
  • ‘GRIT’ by Angela Duckwort (thank you for this recommendation Francine Paton)
  • ‘Tribal Leadership’ by Dave Logan, Halee Fischer-Wright, & John King (thank you for this recommendation Stephen Rutter)
  • ‘The Future of Professions’ by Susskins (thank you for this recommendation John Westgarth)
  • ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ – Lencioni (Greg Horne and for seconding that nomination Debra Kraft)

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What are your top Learning & Development ‘Must Read’ Books?

Learning and Development Essential Reading - L and D Generous

My personal Learning & Development library…and, no, I’m afraid I haven’t read them all cover-to-cover!

So, I was in my car on the way to a client meeting the other day listening to the Good Practice podcast and thinking about what I was going to post about next.

I was tossing up between three or four topics that I’d had on my mind lately, one of which was about a ‘Learning and Development essential reading list’, when the conversation on the podcast turned to that very subject…if that’s not a sign, then I don’t know what is!

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