Coaching the CEO to ask the right questions (Guest Commentary)

People development should be seen as investment aligned to business strategy
By Lynn Johnston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2012

In an age of recession and restraint, the pressure is on CEOs to be accountable for all aspects of their operations.

When it comes to people development, senior learning and development managers must be instrumental in guiding the allocation of scarce resources to the organization’s most pressing needs. An unsubstantiated budget allocation for learning — or no allocation at all — is no longer an option.

So what can HR professionals and corporate trainers do? First, guide the conversation to determine the problem. This may be the hardest part. Resources will be needed to support a new product launch, that’s clear.