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L&D Strategy

How the ‘Mess’ of an L&D Problem Provides Structure & Drives Outcomes


Holly Cook, Founder and Director of North, joins Blake Proberts on the Strategic L&D Podcast to chat about what we need to do to fulfil our organisational purpose, the key to striking a balance between self-directed and guided learning, and how to prioritise, plan and persuade in an L&D budget session. Listen to the full episode above or watch below.

Key takeaways

1. Create an inextricable link between learning and business priorities.

Consider: What are the mindsets and behaviours that we need in our business to deliver our strategy?

2. Learning is everyone’s responsibility.

Get business execs involved in shaping your learning and development plans, so when it comes to picking what to tackle first, you can match strategies with what is needed now and down the road.

3. Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise.

Don’t try and spread resources thin to hit every target. Pick what will have the biggest impact now so you can show ROI (and get more budget for other targets later).

4. You have both guided and self-directed learning.

Because that’s how you get learners motivated. You want them to reflect throughout the learning process so learning sticks.

5. Don’t limit your people with arbitrary ratings.

Capabilities lay out the playing field, defining expectations within your org. Think in terms of capabilities first, and job roles, teams, and the training needed will form more clearly.

See more from our host: Blake Proberts

Hear more of the Strategic L&D Podcast on Spotify and Apple. You’ll also find us in video form on YouTube.

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