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Establishing a New Learning Function
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By Luke Kempski, CEO October 14, 2020

Megan Garrett, the Director of Learning and Development at D&H Distributing, talks about she’s establishing an L&D function in an organization that didn’t previously have one. With support from leadership, Megan is developing a department from the ground up at this $4 billion dollar privately-held company. Learn how to gain internal support for your learning initiatives and training programs in this Powered by Learning podcast episode.

Show Notes:

In this episode, D&H Distributing Learning and Development Director Megan Garrett shares how she built a new learning function from scratch. She offers valuable advice including these key points:

  • While building a new learning department or offering, focus on a key project to get things started.
  • To help create your learning strategy, take the time to meet with people across the organization to discover what challenges they have and how training can impact their business goals.
  • Create competency teams across the organization to better understand what training is needed and in what area of the business.
  • Don’t overpromise. Give yourself enough time to build out your new L&D department. You can’t accomplish everything in a month or two.
  • Connect performance metrics with the training programs you're proposing. This will help your leadership see the business value of investments in learning and development.

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