A best practice is a process or method generally accepted as the best among the alternatives known. Do the assumptions that went into creating the best practice hold in your situation? Should you adopt a best practice without probing to see if it will work for your organization? Some best practices created decades ago may not hold up any more in our current environment.
You may wonder what George Martin, the English record producer, has to do with L&D leaders. Well, the Beatles wouldn’t be here if not for Martin, who took them under his wings at EMI Records, nurtured them, coached them, and helped them blossom into musical leaders.