Is capability development the answer?

21 Aug
August 21, 2014
I recently viewed a video from Josh Bersin which really got me thinking.  Josh talks about capability replacing L&D and training.  Is he right or is this just another rebranding of what we’ve always been doing? Josh Bersin is a long-time and well-respected commentator and researcher within the HR, Talent and L&D space.  I recently watched a number of Josh’s videos where he was making a number of predictions. I know from experience that playing at crystal ball gazing can be a Read more [...]

I see no alignment

14 Aug
August 14, 2014
Learning leaders recently gathered to discuss a number of hot topics – including improving alignment to strategic organisational goals – and yet little alignment seems to have been achieved. The CIPD and Towards Maturity recently held a round table discussion about the ‘business alignment of L&D,” according to the post by Don Taylor. I mention this because as readers of my blog will know I am passionate about aligning L&D to the strategy and focus of the business.  I therefore Read more [...]

How much is your free training costing you?

07 Aug
August 7, 2014
For many organisations, internal training is rather like the UK’s NHS – free at the point of delivery – but like the NHS, your internal training has costs and the training you thought was ‘free’ could be costing you far more than you ever thought. I recently wrote a post for the good people at chat2lrn where I talked about the need for L&D professionals to have a good level of business acumen. In this post I’ll be looking at one of the issues I mentioned – and that’s cost Read more [...]

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 [...]

Running your L&D department as a business – Part I

26 Jun
June 26, 2014
Big businesses spend millions of pounds on their People Function every year.  But do they get value?  In 2010 a report by Capita asked 100 of the top 500 UK companies about their L&D departments.  Only 18% felt they had People Departments (specifically Learning and Development) that were operationally aligned to the business.  Ouch! Today, People Professionals are facing a dilemma.  They know they draw resources from their business, but are often unsure how to articulate the benefits Read more [...]

A real world MOOC experience

19 Jun
June 19, 2014
Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs – have come in for a bashing from a number of areas.  But what’s it like to actually participate in a MOOC and see it all the way through? To be one of the few – some say as little as 7% – who actually complete a course? Well this post tells you all. Back at the beginning of the year I said there would be a number of trends that I’d be watching.  Relating to MOOCs I said: “Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – are potentially transforming Read more [...]