A few years ago, I was in a training leadership role at a large Fortune 500 company where my team was responsible for creating effective learning experiences for over 70,000 team members. With a very small team, that was a daunting task.
The team was overworked and we had about a million priorities to focus on from compliance training to product training to leadership training and more. Even in that state, at that time if someone would have asked me if I was interested in off-the-shelf options, I totally would have scoffed at them. “Off the shelf? Heck no – we create all of our own content!”
In my mind – off the shelf couldn’t live up to my standards for looks, design, or content. I was a content control freak. So, the small team chugged on, putting out the content that we could. Looking back and knowing what I know now…we could have done more, better if we would have leaned on an off the shelf training provider.