I recently read a study by Human Capital Media AdvisoryGroup on the role of Enterprise Learning in fostering Organizational Agility. This study was sponsored by Saba and you can download the report here. What drew my attention was the reasons that were identified as obstacles for the enterprise learning function to fulfill its charter in creating an agile organization or an organization that can move at the speed of opportunity (Check out this podcast).
Here are the reasons provided (in random order).
1. Business agility is not currently a strategic priority(wondering who can afford to say this!)
2. Learning strategy is not aligned with business objectives
3. Lack of senior management support
4. Lack of understanding of intellectual capital and knowledge assets
5. IT infrastructure is inflexible and inconsistent across the company
6. The learning function is not seen as a strategic enabler for the business
7. Culture is risk-averse and slow to adopt innovation
8. Lack of budget flexibility
9. Difficulty in measuring the business impact of learning
10. Necessary information resides in silos
11. Decision-making can take too long
12. Conflicting goals/priorities of different departments
13. Difficulty complying with and staying up on changing regulations/standards
Phew! that’s almost the complete list of reasons why new learning and development projects get shelved.