Implementing a programme that is not underpinned by sound strategy is a bit like playing darts blindfolded in that, if you can’t see what – or where – the target is, then how are you going to hit it? This year’s HRINZ conference provided plenty of food for thought along these lines and it got me to thinking about what the conference’s Transforming Leadership theme means on a day-to-day basis for HR and L&D professionals. ‘Transforming leadership’ is a popular focus and it’s common for there to be a range of projects and programmes to effect this change within an organisation. Although it can feel rewarding to be doing lots and making waves, are these activities really making a difference? And is that difference what deeply matters to the organisation? As the saying goes: noise proves nothing. I often see examples of HR and L&D managers lacking a clear line of sight to their organisation’s strategy. This usually results in a scattergun approach, which uses up a lot of time and resource but does not necessarily achieve meaningful results. I can’t stress how important it is for HR and L&D to understand the organisation’s strategic priorities if they are to be taken seriously. This means being familiar with the organisation’s mission, vision and business objectives, and aligning all aspects of their programmes with them. In transforming leadership – and all other activities for that matter – there always must be a crystal-clear alignment between the programme, the HR and/or L&D strategy and organisational strategy. If you can’t articulate this alignment, and can’t be clear about exactly what difference your project or programme will make, then you should not be doing it.
These HRINZ conference attendees were taking a super targeted approach when having a go at winning a prize on the Complete Learning Solutions stand. Our fun ADDIE (analyse, design, develop, implement and evaluate) spinning wheel proved popular as a quick-fire raffle and was nicknamed the ‘chocolate wheel’ because of the many instant chocolate bar prizes – only the healthiest dark chocolate, of course! Congratulations to Susan Glasgow of VTNZ who won a bottle of premium French champagne. Congratulations also to our other winners, who won a variety of prizes such as a Docebo demonstration, a 1-year licence for the dominKnow cloud-based authoring tool, 50% off a project or programme return-on-investment evaluation, some free L&D consulting time, and a cooking demonstration.