Become More Relevant
In today’s disruptive world, businesses are going through a continuum of changes. Effective training is therefore critical in these times to help businesses stay on course for their transformation agendas. Yet, we have seen time and again that when times get tough, training is the first thing that is downsized.
Business alignment is therefore critical for L&D to become more relevant to the business. We can be doing the best training in the world, developing the best classes, bringing the best instructors, and having the best content, but if it doesn’t make a difference for the business, then it really is irrelevant.
In fact, L&D needs to run at the speed of business or even faster to stay relevant. This however has not been the case - the evolution of training has been slow and innovations and efficiencies in L&D have been slower than other business functions. To stay relevant, L&D can no longer be just an adjunct feel-good function.
Link L&D to business strategy
Focus on business issues rather than training content
Let customer demand shape L&D’s offerings
Clarify L&D’s business mission
See L&D as an “enterprise,” not as a “function”