Today’s fast-paced hyperconnected work environment has revolutionized the corporate training industry. Successful training organizations realize the need to keep up with technological trends, maximize productivity and drive engagement in order to stay ahead of the competition. More specifically, these organizations have designed and developed learning cultures centered on business goals and values.
This blog is the first of a six-part blog series discussing the keys to running a successful training organization.
An investment in continued professional development and formalized training initiatives is critical for building the skills and knowledge of your employees, as well as increasing the company’s bottom line. High-impact training organizations set clear business objectives, leverage technology solutions and establish learning and development best practices that adapt and meet the needs of an ever-evolving workforce.
Tom Clancy, executive advisor at Content Raven and former vice president of education services at EMC, discusses the “Vowels Equal Value” framework in his video on how to create a successful training organization.
- A= Alignment
- O= Offerings
- E= Execution
- I= Inspection
- U= Unique
Organizational alignment is the fundamental building block to individual and corporate success. By creating a bridge between executive leadership, upper-management and individual employee roles, achieving business goals becomes more tangible and realistic. Employees who feel respected, heard and valued are happier, more engaged and productive. As a result, an increase in retention, engagement and production levels mutually benefits both the individual and organization collectively.
People learn in different ways, at different speeds. A successful training organization understands and meets the needs of the learner by offering the necessary tools and platforms to enhance the learning experience. By analyzing what learners need to better engage and retain information, learning and development professionals must adopt an adaptive learning strategy that is custom tailored to the individual.
After establishing learner needs, it’s critical to have the workforce capability to execute and deliver the learning strategy. According to a Training magazine article, while senior leaders play a key role in developing strategic plans, it is up to mid-level leaders to execute the plans and actions that will eventually trickle down throughout the organization.
In any training initiative, implementing ways to measure improvement and track progress can lead to better ways to create more efficient and effective training practices in the future. According to Clancy, it’s important to “inspect what you expect.” Make it a point to constantly analyze and inspect how your team is performing and whether or not they are meeting specific standards.
Finally, it’s all about what makes your training organization unique. What factors set your organization apart from the others? Identifying specific values that your organization brings to the table.
The “Vowels Equal Value” framework is an easy way to remember what characteristics make up a successful training organization. The next blog in this series will take a deep dive into how organizational alignment results in a high-performing workforce and increase ROI.