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How to Design an Effective System for Developing Managers and Executives by George Hollenbeck, Maxine Dalton

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STEP 1: Find and Use Organizational Support for Creating a Process, Not an Event

Finding support for creating a process of development involves helping the organization understand and thus commit to a program of development that acknowledges the reality of how adults learn, grow, and change over time. Adults learn what they need to know. This means that a program of development must be tied to business need and the day-to-day work of the organization. The HR professional must find support for building a program of development around these two basic requirements. As the following discussion illustrates, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Executive development programs abound in business and government today. The establishment of a program is often ...

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