Updated: Dec 5, 2018
From a business measurement perspective Training and Learning seems to fall into the ‘dark art syndrome’. The way to convince the ‘non-believers in the business’ is to build a business case with an ROI – return on investment. Explore the bottom line cost, list the benefits, and postulate upon the top-line potential.
I think it's much more than that - it potentially underpins the attractiveness of your business to the talent you will need in the future - retaining existing, attracting new.
Learning is the growth medium of a successful corporate and business future.
We could look to the last few years, or even the present success of organisations like Google and sagely note that, it’s the culture they have, that makes them successful.
If you’re business has been running for many years and the culture or lack-of is your current issue – start looking for your current attractiveness, assessments through surveys and engagement with your current talent pools - how do you look to them?
As an example of how a business that looked very attractive to Talent. Let’s look back at the Google experience and wonder for example how they grew with the right people doing the right things quickly. Heck, they even had a reputation for asking stupid questions at interviews – how could that work. Remember the list that circulated some years ago?
Well imagine if, what Google wanted, was smart people, not indoctrinated with ‘this must be, or is the answer’, but an attitude of “I’m prepared to engage with the questions and even though I don’t have an answer. I’m prepared to investigate and consider the question – if I find an answer, then we both have some new information.”
Just wonder for a moment if you found enough people with the assets of ‘investigate, query, challenge mentality’, if that would grow a different culture in your business? They are the core assets of Innovation.
Much of what we ‘Learn’ in business is indoctrination – ‘this is how we do it’. To be attractive to the future Talent pool, the needle has to move to other areas. Areas that move the focus. From a compliance model to an individual consideration of:
Current and future value, of spending some of my working life with a business'.
"What will I learn, what is the future value to me, how will this part of the work-life journey add to my work life potential?"
From there I move to some of the learning potential that exists now and how they could be used to create a different Corporate model. I predict – if you are a business of 500 or more people, professional, talented with differing periods or service and knowledge, you have at least 10 people sitting at their place of work thinking, I have a new idea that could make this better or improve the process.
Second prediction, they are now also thinking “but who could I tell.” Failure to discuss, share, investigate, collaborate and explore new ways – turns good ideas bad. The outcome is loss of individual will to question further, and a harboring of negative feelings towards a business that’s ‘not listening’. That's the first step on the path to losing the talent you need.
Training, sharing and collaboration - Social Learning won't just happen if training is delivered and expected to be used as Corporate indoctrination ‘This is how you….'
You need the right learning tools to create the right learning climate, ease of use, and access at all times on-line and off-line. Great mobile
A good business culture will repay the learning tools investment many times over.
However to improve the odds in your favour you can utilize excellent learning tools like
70:20:10 training content that is:
Individually targeted and focused
Video based Mobile learning
All tools designed to initiate a culture of ‘engage, share, consider, think of new ways to..... One of an ‘idea and share culture’, shared with colleagues using Social Learning tools.
Take the fear out of new ways, new ideas and create an innovative team, working on the minutia of ideas and improvements, all of which may change the ingredients in the 'Corporate petri dish'. ‘You may be surprised at what grows. Culture grows from the bottom up, and once established occupies the top.’
Let smart people discover, engage, develop and do, smart things.
To get your smart people into a better place, take-a-look at the ‘Feature List’ for Agylia Learning Technologies tool-set, could be something there to change your business for the better.
Social and Collaboration Tools, Action based Learning, Easy learning content creation, Video learning delivered on a Mobile… Turn learning, sharing, engaging, collaborating on business training into fun, easy to access and rewarding to complete.
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