The ROI of Learning

Thinking About Learning

Don’t make me laugh.

The COUNTLESS conversations I have had about the ROI of learning. *bangs head against wall*

“The C-suite need to know.”

“If we can’t measure it, how will we know it was a success?”

“Yes, the idea has merit, but does that equate to bums on seats?”

And yet it keeps coming up.

I keep having it, and you know what? I’ve had enough. Enough of trying to articulate the ROI or the ROE of learning.

What was the ROI of your life when it was the last moments and you were on your deathbed? Asked no-one. Ever.

It takes money and investment to learn and develop. Yes, yes it does sadly. Mostly because education demands that people are taught the right skills and given the right tools so they discover things for themselves. So education becomes a commodity just like everything else on the stock exchange.

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About pauldrasmussen
Paul is the winner of the 2013 Leadership in VET Quality Award and the 2013 LearnX Learning Manager of the year award. A Thought Leader and Speaker on Organisational Learning, Professional Development, Motivation, Leadership, Management and Professional Ethics, he speaks widely and has published work on the areas of Learning and Development, Learning ROI, Business, Management, Leadership and Ethics. With Qualifications in Ethics and Bioethics, Organisational Learning and Development, Training, and Business Management and Leadership, Paul has worked in and with a wide range of public, private, government and not for profit organisations. He is currently the National Training Manager for Spectrum Training and the principal consultant with Rasmussen Learning. Specialties: • Organisational Learning and Development • Ethics (Business, Professional and Theoretical) • Learning Management and ROI • Professional Speaking • RTO Management • E-Learning • Management • Leadership • Learning Management Systems

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