Do we have the right Skills?
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
If you’re a CEO and your worried about this – “Do we have the right Skills to win?” You would be in close alignment with nearly 79% of your peers around the globe.
My very first recommendation to you is to take a big picture view of the business you run now and make a decision about who owns the answer for you.
Right now, there appears to be great confusion in the learning market, not helped by an avalanche of learning solutions all using the same ‘buzz driven wording’ and commitment to solving the problem – my guess is this is just not helping you at all. Add to that, global panic in the current crisis - then add-in the rapid emergence of new technologies to embrace, understand, and learn how to maximize their value.
Worry is a path you could take. Or use this path to develop self-directed learning outcomes for all the staff.
Why? Firstly the reality remains "whose question is it to own?"
Who must solve this issue, find the solution and deliver the answer for you?
Many suggest its HR, many things are down to HR, however skills, up-skilling and re-skilling, corporate learning culture is not.
No Offence to HR teams, as an Business Executive in a leading Global Technology company over nearly a decade, to hire the Skills my team needed - I never once used an HR team member in the 'Hiring interview or job offer loop' - they advised me, and me only.
Hiring new people with the right skills for today, it's your issue again, own it, delegate it - don't hand it off – see the list below:
OK, so it belongs with L&D – the same small team trying to run the LMS. The LMS that interests no-one, the same team that are overwhelmed with the notion they own this issue, without the right tools or the resources, to know where to even start. And the speed of change, new learning demands, new content demands increases each and every day…
Could be a wrong turn that one… LMS’s in a large part have totally failed to deliver on skills, re-skilling or up-skilling – great job of push learning at scale, compliance training and the like – if only the workforce cared at all… it would be great.
So as the CEO - re-invention of the current team to cover skills, is one option you could take;
who should own this?
who will run with it?
who will make sure of the alignment between Skills and your own business strategy?
who will ensure you have the right skills and capability as the new plans emerge? As new technologies take a position in the business – who?
The simple and easy answer for you – is the ‘Workforce you have now’ - leave the HR and L&D teams alone. They will all be busy re-skilling and up-skilling for the new skills your business need next.
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