It’s always great to connect with like-minded leaders about supporting the development of their teams. We had a great chat to Matthew Hayter from Projectworks about the connection between learning, capability and performance. Why people learn is always a personal decision to a degree; progressive organisations understand that the old boundaries between work and personal lives are blurred.
But organisations have needs too. Understanding and developing the capability your organisation needs is fundamental to success. So too is connecting capability to the KPIs for the business – what success really looks like when you see it.
So how should you approach learning? Connect it to business KPIs? Frame it around the capability the organisation needs? Trust staff to focus on what matters to them and alignment will come?
Obviously, there is no single answer, but where does that leave you? What matters is that you have a clear vision for the culture of your organisation, and therefore the vision for learning that will support it. It may be targeted training tied to performance KPIs. It may be a capability framework linked to personal development goals and explicit training opportunities. Or it might be self-managing teams identifying and meeting their own development goals.
The thing is, if you’re not sure which of the above is right for your organisation, it may mean you’re not clear on your end game – the culture you’re looking for.
When that’s clear, the choice amongst the options becomes a lot easier. If you’re thinking about starting a more formal learning journey in your organisation, but you’re not quite sure where to start, give us a call, we’d love to chat.