With most organisations facing tough trading in the year ahead, Nigel Paine explains how to rethink your L&D strategy for the economic downturn.
I have just spent a week in Philadelphia teaching doctoral students on the world’s first programme that combines business with learning. It is the first course out of a business school (and arguably the world’s best business school) that combines an MBA-type of course with a detailed input on adult learning from the Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and topped off with a serious bit of workplace-based research related to workforce development.
So I have been immersed, for about 14 hours a day, with 22 great corporate executives who run or have oversight of the person who leads the learning function. Between them they influence the lives of nearly two million employees and they come from every imaginable area of work: from manufacturing to hospitals, financial services to retail. They work in small consultancies or huge companies.
What did I learn? Here are my ten tips for the New Year. And I hope it goes well for you all.
This is an excellent time to look backwards for a while and marshal your arguments about the value you have already delivered. What your boss won’t want to see is a pile of smiley face review sheets. What is required is an attempt to measure what your function’s contribution to your organisation’s core objectives has been.
This is the time for thought not panic. Follow the Wharton team’s lead: be optimistic but realistic!
Nigel Paine is a former head of training and development at the BBC and now runs his own company, Nigel Paine.Com which focuses on people, learning and technology. For more information visit his website at www.nigelpaine.com