Training Strategy Mistakes to Avoid
Experienced learning leaders know there are some important training strategy mistakes to avoid. Good learning leaders start by creating a clear strategy that outlines clear and compelling choices about where to play and what actions to take.
Winning Training Strategies Make an Impact
Done right, a successful training strategy sets a learning and development function up to perform beyond just the sum of its parts. Without a clear direction, your training function may tactically achieve some short-term wins, but it will fail to garner the ongoing trust, support, and results required to make a meaningful impact on the business, your career, and your key stakeholders.
Many Different Paths to Training Strategy Success
We have seen many different paths to creating a successful training function. In our experience, however, there are five main strategic approaches that differentiate one training function from another. One direction is not necessarily better than another. It depends upon your overall business and talent management strategies.
Top 5 Training Strategies and the Related Training Strategy Mistakes to Avoid
The key to avoiding the top five training strategy mistakes is to identify and stick to a core focus that works in your specific environment and addresses your most pressing business and people needs. A successful training function, however, always aligns with the company’s business strategy, organizational culture, and talent management scheme.
1. Skill and Development Focus
2. External Customer Focus
3. Change Management Focus
4. Strategic Business Focus
5. Research Academic Focus
The Bottom Line
Before you make your first training move (i.e. training systems, resources, processes, programs, people, content, budgets, etc.) to meet the ever-increasing demands of your stakeholders, make sure that you and your executive team agree on the fundamental purpose of the training function and how it directly aligns with the corporate strategy. If you and your key stakeholders do not agree on the motivations and long-term reasons for your learning and development function, your chances of success are slim.
To learn more about training strategy mistakes to avoid, please download the full article: The 5 Most Common Training Function Strategies and Key Mistakes to Avoid
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