The High Performing Learning Organization

June 24, 2014

PDG recently published a new white paper called “The High Performing Learning Organization: 8 Attributes for Business Success.” The white paper focuses on what makes up a High Performing Learning Organization and the benefits to the business.

Here’s a section from the white paper:

The High Performing Learning Organization

The High Performing Learning Organization


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What is a High Performing Learning Organization?

A High Performing Learning Organization (HPLO) is a Learning Organization that operates like a business, using the tools and processes of business to create workflows that are timely, efficient, cost-effective, and demonstrate a clear impact on the enterprise.

High Performing Learning Organizations:

  • Are fully aligned with the business goals of the enterprise
  • Speak the language of business, not just the language of learning
  • Are able to define the return on investment (ROI) of their efforts—when the business can see the impact of their learning investment, they are more likely to continue investing in learning
  • Are scalable, creating improved cost scenarios and more rapid delivery cycles
  • Utilize Flexible Resourcing, so that costs are controlled while appropriate resources are available for critical and high-demand initiatives

So what are the tools necessary to build and sustain a High Performing Learning Organization? How do you identify the gaps in your organization that need to be closed to create a HPLO? While there are many categories that make up a HPLO, too many organizations focus on the solutions the learning organization creates. Great solutions are the result of an effective Learning Organization, but improving solutions doesn’t necessarily improve the organization. It’s not just where you end up; it’s the path you take to get there. High Performing Learning Organizations needs to be structured to perform optimally, by having strategy, process, people, and tools that support their path to success.

Successful HPLOs focus on the following eight key success areas:

  1. Business Alignment & Performance Impact
  2. People Capabilities & Development
  3. Scalable Processes, Tools, & Assets
  4. Organization Structured for Leverage
  5. Global & Local Optimization
  6. Governance, Demand, & Resource Balancing
  7. Flexible Resource Management
  8. Content Strategy & Asset Leverage

To read more about High Performing Learning Organizations, download the free white paper!


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Rich Mesch is Senior Director, Customer Engagement at Performance Development Group

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