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Study: Most Firms Don't Offer Specialized Courses for Technical Pros

The top five leadership challenges for CLOs are delivering on projects with fewer resources, recruiting needed talent, balancing team coaching needs versus project needs and team-skill development, a new study suggests.

May 14, 2013
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Elkridge, Md. — May 13

Global performance improvement services provider GP Strategies Corp. has announced the release of a new research study, "Leading Technical Professionals."

Training Industry Inc. and GP Strategies recently conducted the study based on feedback from more than 900 leaders and managers of technical professionals, 300 technical individual contributors and 100 learning professionals.

Key findings in the study include the following:

  • The majority of learning leaders (53 percent) said that their organizations do not offer specialized courses, workshops or a standalone program for leaders of technical professionals.
  • Significant misalignment appears when comparing the leadership challenges faced by managers and the assumptions made by the learning and development community.
  • Learning and development's top three leadership challenge assumptions are self-development, encouraging team engagement and leading teams through organizational changes.
  • Technical leaders' top five leadership challenges are delivering on projects with fewer resources, recruiting needed talent, balancing team coaching needs versus project needs, team skill development and encouraging innovative thinking.


Source: GP Strategies Corp.

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