Sign-off is a common term for obtaining key stakeholder buy-in for an initiative. Unfortunately it sets the wrong tone by implying that all executives have to do is sign an agreement, provide funding and then sit back and let training execute the program.
For your next initiative, have a "signing on" meeting to discuss the active and ongoing role stakeholders and others will play in the success of the initiative. Assign roles and responsibilities, and create deadlines and reporting timelines.
Do you identify specific business metrics that will be impacted if your training participants apply what they learned in training on the job? These leading indicators are one of the biggest predictors of program success.
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