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Comparing Enterprise Learning and Development Software: Ask These 3 Key Questions

Beth Thornton

August 10, 2018

77% of organizations overall are currently experiencing a leadership gap and are looking towards enterprise learning software to solve this lag. Training software can benefit your company with education, performance management, goal-alignment and overall growth.

However, with the various platforms selling “instant success” how can we cut through the noise to select the right product for your company? Ask these three questions when evaluating enterprise learning software for the leadership training in your organization to make the right decision.

Does the platform align to company and employee goals?

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

- JFK

Where are we starting and where are we going? The goals set internally at company meetings, performance reviews or individually shouldn't reside on a piece of paper to be looked at periodically. Goals should be applied, by software, across each department to keep employees and the company on the set path. Evaluating the platform to see if goals can be set, tracked and measured is a key piece to selecting a software. Goals are the glue linking strategic leadership and organizational execution.

Studies have shown that 47% of managers don't receive any training when they take a new leadership role.

Inspire Software’s SMART goal management provides that critical connection across the organization - promoting transparency, collaboration and growth. You can create a strategic plan for the organization and have individuals align to the strategic initiatives to make their work more meaningful and see how they are contributing to the overall company goal.

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Can I customize the platform for my unique organization?

Does one size fit all when it comes to leadership or training? Several software options rest on this assumption while disregarding a company’s unique culture and strategy. Harvard Business reports only 19% of business leaders view leadership development programs as relevant to the issues they face today. The ability to custom-fit a solution to the needs and personalities within the company will ensure it suits your current strategy and any direction taken in the future.

Managing a group with different personalities and work styles is a challenge every leader must face. Small groups, committees, task forces or complete teams can be managed better by understanding all the personalities, abilities and energy levels you must lead to success. Invite collaboration and conversation to enable your team to work toward successful outcomes.

Personal attributes and values influence individual leadership styles. Using built-in assessments, individuals learn their styles and values, and how that shapes goals and performance. Each goal is specific to the individual’s energy level and abilities.

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This software can and will make your life easier as a an employee. Conversations with managers will be more effective and retain value all while improving their leadership skills. Most people don’t like suing software that wastes time or using a software that doesn’t show value. Getting an entire organization to use one system makes everything run a little more smoothly.

Bonus Point: Inspire Software integrates with the DiSC®* profile to show at a glance each employee’s personal leadership personality. Inspire allows you to view goal progress and profiles via a simple to use customizable dashboard, featuring at-a-glance metrics and progress.

*DiSC® is the leading personal assessment tool used by over 1 million people every year to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. Inspire software seamlessly integrates with employees’ DiSC profiles.


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Can I get buy-in?

Software implementation can fail because of lack of use. If leaders can’t easily use it or it doesn’t meet their daily needs, the platform brings no value and buy-in will plummet. A platform customized to the employee’s goals, personality and individual performance will support software acceptance.These platforms take leadership to promote and use it properly.

Leaders have to lead by example for the process to trickle down to the rest of the team. The relationship between employee and the platform should be a one-on-one relationship with different outcomes and results based on the quirks and values of the person inputting the information.


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The decision.

Using software to enhance leadership training or establish education programs is becoming ubiquitous throughout all industries. In fact, 98% of all companies plan to use eLearning by 2020. However, the train doesn’t stop with eLearning. The application therein after is what will take a good intention to a completed action.

eLearning is more than just the learning process. It takes time to apply your learnings and take it to the workflow in your organization. You don’t just learn by reading or watching, you learn by applying and doing what you’ve learned.


Finding the right fit for your organization can be done by asking the right questions. Find the software with the right benefits, customization and features to catapult your organization to leadership stardom.

“An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

— Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric

It’s time for an enterprise goal management solution that gives insights, analytics, accountability metrics and results. Inspire Software supercharges your company with a transparent look into your goals, team and the leaders of today and tomorrow. Get a demo of Inspire Software today!

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