Thursday, December 11, 2014

Building a Powerful Coalition for Learning and Development

Learning and Development is a means to an end. We introduce interventions because something needs to change in order to achieve the organization’s objectives. In John Kotter’s Book, Leading Change, he introduced the eight-step process for leading change, step 5 of which is “Enable Action by Removing Barriers”. A lot of these barriers can be removed by using learning and development interventions but only if people are committed to acquiring the needed competencies for change.  

Commitment is the magic word here. In his book, the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni said that Commitment is achieved when there is buy-in and clarity. In the case of L&D we see buy-in as the stakeholders’ support for the intervention and clarity means being clear about what needs to be done to see results. We believe that to achieve success, L&D professionals must mind Kotter’s Step 2: Build a Guiding Coalition- a team of powerful individuals who will champion, follow through and make people accountable for making change happen.

Friday, October 31, 2014

An Open Letter to My ExeQserve Team on Your Awesomeness

Yes, this is one blog post I require you guys to read.

First of all, let me express my gratitude for all your effort to make our little Halloween party an epic one! It's amazing what you did with a meager budget of P5,000.00 to create an incredibly fun program that will put all other big budgeted parties to shame. What is even more amazing is the level of effort you gave to engage yourselves, participate and try to win some of the awesome competitions you prepared for this event. You inspire me,  and you inspire me to write this blog to express my own learning from this recent experience so that you may consider them as we go back to normal work programming.

Let me point out some of the awesome things you did that revealed how passionate, focused and determined you are about doing well and winning.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Improve Communication to Improve Learning and Performance

A lot of learning opportunities are lost because of poor communication and poor communication exists because people do not have the necessary skills to create a culture of openness, honesty, engagement and humility. Yes, humility.

I have seen this too often. People are sent to training, whatever training, without understanding why they needed to go because their supervisors fail or avoided to tell them what they need to learn, yes, avoided. 

I have also seen people who after attending training realized that a lot of things need to be changed but won’t do it because it means having an uncomfortable conversation with their bosses. And how many times did people go to their bosses with proposals for change only to be turned away? Many.


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