The Role of Training & Development
Facilitating Organizational Change through Strategic Alignment
April 26, 2011 5:30 - 8:45
LOCATION: DeVry University
Charles T. Walsh
HOPS International LLC
President and Sr. Organizational Development Consultant
The role of the Training & Development professional is changing the process of Organizational Change! Are YOU keeping-up with those changes? It’s not easy being in a Training & development professional today. Globalization, a very challenging economy, advances in technology, a competitive labor market, and dynamic changes in both the workforce itself as well as the way we do work have all had a significant impact on the way the T & D professional does their job. Additionally, the T & D field has become more sophisticated and complex due to increasing competitive pressures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory changes, and new business channels.
The challenge for the Training & Development doesn’t end there. Over the next several years, organizations worldwide will have to deal with the impact of a graying workforce and a significant skills gap that will make attracting and retaining top talent a priority. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a shortfall of 12 million workers by 2014. This problem is only exacerbated by the current pressures to perform at a higher level with lower budgets within individual T & D departments. As outsourcing becomes a the norm for many organizations, public and private, T & D managers and their staffs know that if they are going to endure, they have to deliver more strategic value, added value that impacts the bottom-line and helps expand both the capacity and capability of the organization to survive in difficult and challenging times.
These factors are changing the way Training & Development profession needs to look at itself demanding a strategic repositioning throughout the organization. T & D professionals at all levels are often overlooked as real business partners who can influence and guide the direction of the organization by taking on more of a “strategic partner” and “organizational change agent.” role. Our profession has too long been viewed as a service-delivery function with concentrated expertise rooted in the design and delivery of training programs that seem to fit the organization as it evolves but may in fact not be helping to affect true organizational alignment and strategic change for the future.
The future of Training & development as well as the future role of the T & D professional must include the ability to think and act strategically in defining and delivering those knowledge, skills, and behavioral change initiatives that create the foundation for true strategic alignment mandatory for long-term organizational change. We must also continuously demonstrate the critical linkages of key T & D programs and practices in achieving the organization’s strategic intent. This is the future of the Training & Development profession – at all levels!
Join us for this unique session where we will expand these issues and examine those key requirements and drivers needed to create a true strategic approach for Training & Development to better position and support critical organizational change initiatives while positioning the future for the Training & Development professional.
The ASTD Core Competency that this program applies to is:
Facilitating Organization Change
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$25 Student Member
$30 CFC-ASTD Member ($40 for late registrations)
$40 guests and non-members
* Please note registration closes on Friday, April 22nd at noon. If you register after that the cost will be $40.
You may be able to submit for CPLP recertification credit.
As a friendly reminder, cancellations are due no less than 5 days prior to the program. Pre-Paid registrations will not be refunded after the fifth day and pending confirmations will be invoiced with payment due upon receipt. This policy will remain in effect as an effort to cover catering expense and unsold seating created by holding your reservation. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
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