“We have met the enemy and he is us.” ~ Pogo.
This was one of the themes that came out of our Chicago Breakfast Club last Thursday. The biggest obstacle to the success of learning is us.!@!
According to Chief Learning Officer’s 2009 Business Intelligence Industry Report, 83 percent of the CEOs, COOs and presidents surveyed said that the learning organization would have a significant role in implementing a response to the economic situation. CLOs, on the other hand, were not as confident. Only 59 percent said they would have a significant role. What’s wrong with this picture?
Michael Echols, one of the Breakfast Club panelists and the executive vice president of Strategic Initiatives for Bellevue University, said this indicates that we are the problem. We have to stop waiting for the organization to come to us, and instead, step forward.
And when we step forward, we need to be prepared to show our value. According to Echols, there are three questions that we need to answer to demonstrate our value.
1. What are we trying to impact with the learning intervention?
2. When we bring forward those results, how can we demonstrate it was learning that brought those results?
3. How much will the learning intervention cost?
If we don’t answer these questions, we will continue to be seen as an expense rather than an asset, and expenses are what get cut when times are hard.
Echols ended the Breakfast Club with some homework, which I’m now passing on to you: What is the value of your leadership development and how do you demonstrate that value to your leadership team?Filed under: Leadership Development