The best Learning Strategy in the world is nothing unless well deployed. Regardless of the scope of the Learning Strategy (lean or comprehensive), some level of change is expected from the deployment and should be addressed accordingly.
How did you develop a Learning Strategy?
How you develop your Learning Strategy will have a direct impact on the deployment.
Inclusive involvement from various key stakeholders during the development phase will pay huge dividends during deployment even if the development takes a little longer. Well managed involvement will yield key learning advocates who will be important supporters during the deployment phase.
Does your Strategy include Measurable Results?
Remember, the final part of the strategy model is: The Results. These results also provide the criteria that you will use to confirm that you have arrived at the desired, future state of LEARNING.
How to Ensure Readiness to Deploy?
Prior to embarking on the deployment a “stakeholder readiness assessment” should be conducted by the team of individuals who will also be responsible for the day to day activities associated with the deployment.
The strategic insight provided by the readiness assessment will also guide the approaches utilized to maximize success of the deployment!
How to deploy a Learning Strategy?
Sean Covey’s, “The Four Disciplines of Execution” provides a focussed change management implementation model. The method also enables a robust approach to those areas deemed critically important to the organization’s state of business. The four disciplines are:
- Focus on the Wildly Important;
- Act on the Lead Measures;
- Keep a Compelling Scoreboard;
- Create a Cadence of Accountability.
Covey’s model, or any deployment model requires:
- a sound communication plan;
- identified learning advocates actively engaging the workforce around LEARNING; and
- the Executive Sponsors should be explicitly demonstrating leadership that reinforces the Learning Strategy Principles and Goals.
For more information about deploying a learning strategy check out FKA’s blog on the “Learning Strategy Road Map”.