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September 06, 2011

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Superb question, and as a training professional, a question that needs to asked about a catalog of prodev courses offered in the organization.

I keep breaking it down simply to a few key points:

If it is strongly aligned to core needs of the business- an investment.
If it builds capabilities that are strategically important for future growth and opportunity- an investment.

Too often, I see prodev catalogs that are bloated. Sometimes depts build up the catalog thinking "more is better", but when taking a critical look, it's actually costly overhead. Tired courses, low usage, skills that aren't strongly aligned with current or future needs...

so, the question is not just something for self-reflection, but something to ask in a strategic sense for the organization's professional development catalog.

The right analysis could ensure that the department is seen as an investment vs overhead.

Excellent point, David! Everyone could benefit from a more strategic look at professional development opportunities.

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