Razor Learning to speak at Golden Gate chapter of ASTD, Oct 13, 2009 - Four strategies to help learning organizations 'get a seat at the table'

September 25, 2009

If you're in the San Francisco bay area, come join us on Oct 13, 2009 for a lively discussion on how learning organizations can have more visibility, access and influence with executives.

Four strategies to help learning organizations 'get a seat at the table'

ASTD Golden Gate Chapter
October 13, 2009 (5:30 – 8:00 pm)
San Francisco, CA

Register here: www.astdgoldengate.org

Why is it so hard for training organizations to get a seat at the proverbial executive table? In part, it’s because training is an indirect good. Learning is valuable for the role it plays in enabling other good things in the organization. No CEO ever got beat up by the board or shareholders for having employees who didn’t get enough training. Executives deal every day with “life or death” issues that determine whether the organization will thrive or fail. While training (as it is traditionally conceived) is not completely invisible from that viewpoint, it can be tough for it to compete with other, more pressing concerns

Executives who don’t pay much attention to training aren’t necessarily unenlightened or short-sighted. They may just be doing their job—focusing on the most significant factors that impact the business. Getting a seat at the table requires rethinking what learning and development means to the organization and reframing the training function to be more strategic and more aligned with executive priorities.

This presentation will cover four key strategies that can help training leaders get a seat at the executive table. It will include interactive discussion around examples and best practices, as well as highlight research showing where a few organizations have succeeded while others have fallen short.

Those who attend will learn ways to increase the investment support for their learning initiatives by aligning programs and processes with business outcomes and executive strategy mandates.