How to Go from 'Training Provider' to 'Strategic Partner'

MindTools' report for 2023 shows how L&D can drive business transformation.
How to Go from 'Training Provider' to 'Strategic Partner'

Delve into the second installment of MindTools' "Annual L&D Benchmark Report 2023. This report, crafted from two decades of global research, delves into how learning and development (L&D) strategies can align with and propel business goals. It covers the influence of L&D on organizational performance, employee engagement, and the evolving demands of the business environment.

Unlocking excellence: The Strategic Business Alignment Blueprint for L&D - Mind Tools Business
Download Part 2 of Mind Tools’ 2023 Annual Benchmark Report. Explore the role of L&D in driving business transformation and unlocking excellence.

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💡 The Big Ideas

Here's a concise summary of its key arguments and content:

Strategic Business Alignment: The report argues that L&D should not be seen as a standalone function but as an integral part of the overall business strategy. It emphasizes that L&D initiatives should align with the organization's goals and objectives. This alignment ensures that L&D contributes directly to business performance and is not just a peripheral activity.

The four stages discussed in the PDF:

  • Stage 1: Doing a Lot but Achieving a Little: (51% of L&D teams surveyed are stuck here) - In this stage, L&D teams are highly active but lack synergy in their activities. There's a clear divide between behaviors they engage with consistently and those they engage with occasionally. The most powerful connections between behaviors are clustered around activities they're engaging with the least. Organizations in this stage often feel overwhelmed and underequipped (Page 13).
  • Stage 2: Creating Space but Lacking Connection: As organizations move to stage 2, L&D teams gain clarity and reduce their activity significantly. They select a few important activities and do them well. However, there's a lack of interaction between the key practices of their model, leading to a skewed balance across activities (Page 14).

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