My thoughts about creating a learning and development strategy in a book
Years ago when I was completing a professional HRD qualification, in one of the modules, we explored the importance of having a learning and development strategy that aligned the learning and development function to the priorities of the organisation.
I ended up reading various models and frameworks about creating a learning and development strategy. I also read a whole book on the subject, which if I’m being honest I did not fully understand. But I did come to the conclusion that having a strategy that aligns what the learning and development function does with the strategic priorities of the organisation is important and necessary.
I tried to think of a simple way of understanding and creating what a learning and development strategy is and I summarised my understanding of everything I know about the subject into six questions which I call the ‘Six Strategy Questions‘. These questions are listed below:
I have now written a short kindle ebook to crystalize my thoughts around using the six strategy questions to create a learning and development strategy. I wrote the book in a story format to make it more reader-friendly. Creating a learning and development strategy is not the most interesting subject in the world.
Below is the introduction to the book:
Welcome to the first book in the learning and development StoryLearn series. These are short books written as stories about learning and development topics. In this book we meet Larry, a new learning and development manager who has been told to deliver a 10-minute presentation to his organisation’s leadership team about his learning and development plans for the organisation, despite having only been in the job for one week.
Larry is worried because this is his first management job in learning and development and he has only been in the job for a week. He does not think one week is enough time to put a learning and development plan together.
To help him with the situation, Larry contact’s his friend, Brian, for help. Brian suggests that Larry tell the leadership team that he is going to create a learning and development strategy for the organisation. Unfortunately, Larry does not know what a learning and development strategy is, neither does he know how to create one. Brian offers to educate Larry about what a learning and development strategy is and how to create it and this is what the story in the book focuses on.
The aim of this book is to share one way of creating a learning and development strategy (there are other ways to do so) which is easy to understand and implement. I hope that by the end of the book you will have learnt something that will help you create a learning and development strategy.
If you are interested in the book, you can get it on Amazon here.