For most, Individual Development and Organizational Development are separate but connected elements to pay attention to if you want sustained success. These are separate but connected elements…and more. They are a critical polarity that needs to be leveraged well over time if you hope to succeed. When you make organizational changes because of new strategies, business processes, or culture, your people need to be prepared to take full advantage of these changes. Unprepared people = unsuccessful change effort.
In the same vein when people develop new capabilities, the organization needs to be able to fully leverage these new skills and knowledge. People become frustrated when they can’t use what they’ve just learned or when the organization makes it hard to do so.
Leverage this Polarity well and you’ll get the best of both worlds: people and an organization that support one another in ensuring your organization’s sustained success.