Posted on 9th April, 2015 by Kayleigh Tanner
At LEO Learning, we speak to a lot of L&D teams in global organisations. All too often, these teams have some fantastic ideas, but they lack the buy-in of their senior management team or their board, making it difficult to put these plans into action. This frustrating situation needs to be rectified if L&D leaders are going to get their chance to shine. So how can you take L&D conversations into the boardroom and become your organisation’s L&D hero? In this post, we take a look at some of the questions we will be answering in our free event, ‘Increasing the value that L&D adds to business’, to get you thinking about how to open conversations at the right level in your organisation.
It’s good to talk, but it’s even better when those conversations are with the people who can make your vision become a reality. But bringing your ideas to your organisation’s C-suite isn’t always easy, when they have busy schedules and many different priorities competing for their attention. So how do you convince your Chief Executive that learning is an important issue with the potential to significantly impact bottom-line results? Taking learning analytics, industry research or data in to back up your points can be a powerful weapon, and can help your business leaders understand the significance of your plans.
Once the right people are on board in your organisation, you need to ensure you have the best possible team to help you succeed. This may well include people outside L&D – it is vital that you maintain your relationships with the C-suite, for instance. But think about your learning, knowledge management or communications programme in the wider business context. Could you enlist the help of your marketing team? Will it impact the line managers? Do you want to set up a pilot group of learners for initial discussions, feedback and testing? It is crucial that everyone is on board from the very start to minimise resistance or disruption further down the line.
It’s not always easy to shift the mindset of an entire organisation from thinking about learning as courses to taking a more strategic approach. Your board may not have any direct involvement whatsoever with your L&D team, so it’s up to you to bring them up to speed with this modern, business-integral approach. LEO Learning is committed to moving learning to the heart of business strategy, where L&D delivers more than just courses and resources, and instead is seen as a vital component of the overall organisation. So how do you instigate this move from transactional to transformational? We’re not saying it’s easy, but if you manage it, the results will see you become an L&D hero in your organisation.
In our free event, Towards Maturity’s Laura Overton will lead an interactive session to help you grab the attention of your business leaders, present your ideas and secure budget and your board’s business buy-in to help you lead your L&D team to success. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network and discuss ideas with your peers facing the same challenges as you. This event is aimed at senior L&D leaders, and takes place on 23rd April at etc. Venues, Prospero House, London Bridge. Please register your interest today, and a member of the LEO Learning team will get back to you shortly.