Welcome to the New Year of L&D

Posted by Craig Schwipps on December 29, 2016
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Learning and Development 2017

It’s crazy to me, just what a new year can bring. Last year, I was employed at one time or another by four different companies. I moved 495 miles away from my previous home with no job or housing lined up. Lots of people, myself included, thought I was crazy. And here I am in 2017, working my dream job in a beautiful city by the beach, secure in who I am and where I live, and I’m an uncle now! 

The new year always has a beautiful feeling, because it’s a fresh start, a blank page, a time to put into practice a change or changes. Who will you try to be this year? And, since this is a business blog, what goals do you have for this year in your organization? The new year is a great time for perspective and setting your priorities in motion.

At Paradigm Learning, we have listened carefully in the marketplace, conducted numerous client interviews and compiled our participant survey feedback to find out just what the needs and priorities are for 2017. We’ve been preparing for this and we know you have too, so let’s address the top three L&D priorities for this year and what you can do to tackle them.

  1. Leadership Development

Was anyone really surprised to see this at the top of the list? We weren’t. Leadership is one of the most valuable commodities in today’s business world. But to have the right kind of leaders, they need to be developed and taught accordingly. Whether it’s a front-line manager or a mid-level executive, every leader must have the business acumen training to succeed. They must be armed with the proper tools, resources, and business owner mentality that drives better business decisions and positively impact the bottom line.

  1. Strengthening/Integrating LMS

Yet another topic that frequently made an appearance at Corporate Learning Week 2016. Many organizations are looking for a perfect system that not only delivers content but also handles registering for the courses, course administration, skills gap analysis, tracking, sustainability and more. Many corporate departments use an LMS to deliver online training, but they are also useful in supporting and enhancing classroom teaching. With LMS being the framework that handles every aspect of the learning process, it’s no wonder it’s so sought after right now. 

  1. Talent Management & Succession

We’ve discussed before how important it is to stack your bench strength and manage the talent pipeline, and this priority shows that you have the same thoughts. To remain competitive, it is imperative to not only identify, but develop individuals that show their essential capability in the workforce. Your talent management process should provide them opportunities to develop skills and experience, engage them in challenging duties and career growth. We’ve said it before and will continue to do so, the more you invest in your talent, the more they will invest in you.

These are certainly not the only concerns and priorities that businesses around the world are looking to strengthen this year, but they are the ones we heard most. What will you set in motion to address these concerns? What have you already set in motion? And what do all three of these priorities have in common? They need the proper kind of training, business acumen training. You want to develop your leaders and talent pipeline for any position? Get them the training that prepares them for success and will provide results. Having an LMS that handles every aspect of their learning process is beneficial, but make sure their learning process is the right one.

Find out more about the steps you can take HERE.

You can make this the best year your organization has ever seen. Let’s start the year out right. Welcome to 2017!

Topics: Learning Development, Human Resources