Archive for month: July, 2014

L&D future – crystal ball gazing

31 Jul
July 31, 2014 Making a prediction by staring into a crystal ball is always a dangerous thing to do.  But do those L&D predictions come true, and more importantly, does past research inform future practices? In this post I’ll be taking a look at an article I wrote which was published in Open Learning Today [July 2002, Issue 61], the journal of the British Association of Open Learning, to see just how close reality actually is to our crystal ball predictions. The original article is published verbatim Read more [...]

Why L&D needs business acumen

24 Jul
July 24, 2014 Business acumen – who needs it?  There was a time when the average L&D manager needed to understand a bit about training delivery and be able to spout on about one subject or another in front of a bored audience – but no more.  Now, more than ever before, L&D managers need to be skilled in a range of subjects – and top amongst them is business acumen. This post has been written specially to support the great team who run the chat2lrn blog site and Twitter feed.  You can read all Read more [...]

Running your L&D department as a business – part II

17 Jul
July 17, 2014 In the second and final post of this series, I’ll be looking at how you can run your department as a business and the benefits you can gain from this approach. Let’s begin by casting our minds back to the previous post.  In this, I outlined eight steps for running your department as a business. The eight steps are: 1.  knowing the business you’re in 2.  knowing what your business wants 3.  understanding what you are offering 4.  identifying and closing the demand gap 5. Read more [...]

Perfect Presentation

10 Jul
July 10, 2014 In today’s corporate world we prepare so many presentations that at times the very thought of putting in effort to make it perfect can seem like a waste of effort.  What can you possibly do that hasn’t been done before, how on earth do you make something perfect from the organisation’s brand style, and why not just copy something you’ve done before?  In this post I’ll explain a little journey I’ve been on and why putting in effort matters more than you could ever have thought. It's Read more [...]

Measuring Alignment

03 Jul
July 3, 2014 In the final of my series on alignment, I’ll be looking at how you – as learning and development professionals – can measure alignment within your business. Measuring alignment within your business In my previous posts on this topic I’ve outlined how alignment can be achieved through clarity, consistency and commitment.  In this post I’ll look at how you actually go about measuring alignment in your business.  Although measurement can be carried out in a number of ways, for optimum Read more [...]