Training initiatives are not cheap, and oftentimes learning and development leaders fail to see a return on their training investment as a result of ineffective means of measuring business outcomes.
While Uber and Lyft are the poster children of the independent worker economy, a less buzzed about group of freelancers and consultants are changing the way B2B enterprises and Fortune 500 companies do business. In 2016 highly skilled, educated freelance contractors are making a big impact on business. Trainers and managers need to adapt their learning and development programs to get the most out of this unique workforce.
Visionaries exist in every organization. They are the people who set business goals for the future and inspire people to make ideas a reality. Establishing business objectives, ensuring strategic alignment, and adopting the tools and best practices necessary to meet learner needs is crucial; however, only solid execution can enhance the learning experience, and achieve individual and organizational success.
Did you know that 2.5 exabytes of data are produced each day? That is a hard number to comprehend, so consider this: Each day the equivalent of 250,000 Libraries of Congress are produced! This infographic from Northeastern University gives further perspective to the amount of data produced daily. With so much noise coming at anyone at any time, it is very hard for the brain to identify and retain the most important information.
As a busy leader today, you are barraged with interruptions and demands for your attention. Much of a typical leader’s workday is spent reacting to the influx of emails and calls, responding to customer and/or employee requests, and checking off a lengthy to-do list. To make matters worse, the need for a leader to make thoughtful decisions on demand despite the array of distractions adds to one’s pressure and stress.
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all training approach. Successful training initiatives are created and designed with the understanding that people learn in different ways, at different speeds, and it is necessary to meet those needs on an individual basis.
The great college basketball coach John Wooden once said, “A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.”
As explained in the previous blog on the keys to running a successful training organization, the second blog in this series will discuss the first vowel in the "Vowels Equal Value" framework: alignment. Organizational alignment is the fundamental building block to individual and corporate success.
Sales enablement is the people, information, data and technology helping more reps meet and exceed quota each quarter. It is a multi-disciplinary function at the intersection of sales coaching, training and content marketing in leading edge enterprises. And it is a current favorite of sales leaders.