Corporate Stategy and Training & Development- Driving Change
With a new year can often come a renewed sense of changing and/or implementing a new corporate strategy. The group of people that drive this corporate strategy often know the entire enterprise's business landscape better than anyone. It is here where the problem with getting the strategy off the ground resides. As a business strategist, we fail to understand that most managers don't know the landscape as well. This is where the frustration comes from: The managers within the enterprise are unable to drive the strategic change they are being asked to drive. This is simply because they don't have the knowledge necessary to feel confident in the change. But, the good news is that there are ways to alleviate this fundamental problem.
A Solid Partnership Between Corporate Strategy and Corporate Training and Development
Aligning employees behind corporate change is critical. The best way to accomplish this is to give managers a day as the CEO. This way, they can experience first hand the entire enterprise and it's dependencies. When an employee understands the simple 'why' and 'how' of corporate strategy change, they are more natural and less resistant to the change. How can enterprises more effectively align employees with corporate change? Let's have a look.
Top 3 Tips To Accelerate Strategic Change:
Tip 1: Give Managers A View From The Top- By using experiential learning, managers should be able to experience life as an executive. When managers experience why the strategy is important and how it fits in, they're more comfortable with the change. Most importantly, when they experience the advantage, they'll actually help push the strategy forward.
Tip 2: Give Managers a Healthy Dose of Business Acumen Training- In many cases, managers have been promoted because they are strong at a certain skill. Giving managers a broad and experiential training program on business acumen will help the strategy significantly. Business acumen gives managers the tools they need to effectively drive the strategy forward
Tip 3: Ensure That All Training Content Demonstrates Its Impact On The Strategy- All management training should demonstrate, hands-on, the impact on the corporate strategy. We're not talking about ROI, we're talking about demonstrating how the training is valuable to the corporate strategy.
When corporate strategy and training & development partner, the strategy accelerates. Just remember the old saying, "Knowledge is power." This is certainly the case when it comes to accelerating the corporate strategy.