How would you like to be the training leader responsible for your company’s failure to achieve their goals next year? What would you do today if you could see into the future and your company’s failure was tied to your training function?
I’ve seen it more times than I care to admit. A company that has avoided any serious employee development lands up failing and is forced to merge with another company or close the doors themselves. Employees are motivated to learn, but many are unsure of what skills they will need to perform their jobs in the future.
One of the fastest growing companies in the country is running without a training function that knows how to do their job. Their “training leader” is without any background in human resources, let alone training development, and corporate senior leadership is allowing this function to blow in the wind accomplishing nothing of consequence.
So like so many other organizations that fail, they are not preparing for changes that have not yet been identified, the unknown. Good training functions prepare employees for the challenges facing them today. Great training functions work on today’s needs and the strategic needs of the unknown future. When training either doesn’t exist, or is being run by unskilled individuals, the company is not getting prepared to succeed. They are actually getting prepared to fail.
If you want to know if your company has a future, look to the quality of the learning function. Are they building the future, or are they sitting on their hands waiting for tomorrow to arrive?
If you are the CEO, it is time to get your hands dirty and find out what your training function is accomplishing. It may sound tricky, but ask your training leader what they have done this past year that has prepared employees for next year. Either they will give you some measurable events, or they will give you a bunch of numbers that equates to people trained.
Realize that you are talking with the person responsible for growing the skills of your employees. If this person is out to lunch, let’s talk about what you need to do to put things in order next year!