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3 Strategies For Aligning Training To Business Strategy

Describe 3 strategies a training organization can take to help ensure that training and development initiatives are properly aligned to business strategy.

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Describe 3 strategies a training organization can take to help ensure that training and development initiatives are properly aligned to business strategy.

Strategy 1 - Get a seat at the strategic planning table
If the training function is to operate so that the business can realize a competitive advantage, the alignment to business strategy is critical. To even begin to achieve alignment the training department needs to develop and grow their own business acumen. They need to fully understand the business, every facet of it from marketing to operations to financials, which means that they now need to operate more as business partners, helping the various parts of the business achieve their goals. It is no longer acceptable for training personnel to say things like "we just do training" or "we don't care about (understand) how our company makes its money" or "those other departments' work is too complex for us to try and understand" or "we just give our management the training that they ask for" or "we don't really do much after the training class is over... that's up to the managers". In an aligned organization, the training department makes it a goal to emphasize learning. When the emphasis is on learning, suddenly the focus is shifted from what happens in the training classroom, to be more concerned with how learners adapt, implement and transfer new knowledge to their jobs. And the only way this makes sense is when the training ...

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