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Friday, December 15, 2006

Implementation: Create a Learning Council

I am continually amazed by large organizations that do not have a handle on all of the training that occurs within the organization. Many have no idea what types of training are occurring or even how many divisions or departments are conducting training of one sort or group is doing training programs, another sales training, yet another new employee training and none of the trainers even know or talk to one another. Each group or division is doing it own thing. This is ineffective and not efficient.

One way to remedy this problem is to create a Senior Learning Council (SLC) in your organization. A SLC should consist of the current trainers, designers of training and executive sponsors of the training, as well as with the individuals selling and marketing training internally. Get all of the training related folks together and provide them with an opportunity to get to know each other and to understand all of the training requirements of the organization.

Ideally, the SLC should meet monthly to discuss issues related to the learning services provided, to share best practices and to remain focused on becoming a world class learning organization. The meetings will provide opportunities for:

  • Sharing of Best Practices
  • Debriefing Learning Situations from the Classroom
  • Coaching and Group Learning Opportunities
  • Re-enforcement of Change Activities and New Methodologies
  • Creation of Standards
  • Avoidance of Duplicate Work

Between the face-to-face meetings, the SLC should set up a wiki or a blog so that the members of the SLC can share and exchange information.

This seamingly simple step will have a major impact on productivity and in giving the Learning Group within the organization a larger voice and bigger impact.

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