For L&D to prove real business value, it’s more important than ever to couple employee learning more tightly to business results. What we’ve discovered—and companies including Walmart and Bloomingdale’s, have proven—is that when you focus on business objectives first and then create a corporate training program that aligns with those objectives, you can achieve the goals of the business and, ultimately, prove impact.
Sounds simple enough, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, the reality is that many organizations we speak with have this process backwards. They create corporate training programs that may provide all kinds of interesting information, but this information doesn’t line up with key business objectives that help individuals, teams, departments and divisions achieve specific goals that really have a measurable impact on the business as a whole.