Tag Archive for: learning and development

Why we need L&D more than ever before

13 Jan
January 13, 2015 L&D has come in for some major criticism over the years – much of it valid – but perhaps now we need L&D more than ever before. I was reading a couple of recent blog posts by Don Taylor which really made me think – part of one of the posts is reproduced below: “...10 hours earlier, I had been in conversation with Todd Tauber, Tom Gram and Guy Wallace about the changing nature of work and the impact on the workplace and the L&D department. Todd summed up the conversation Read more [...]

Why I was wrong about engineers

07 Nov
November 7, 2014 Way back in May 2013 I wrote about “Why engineers should be running L&D’. It seems I was wrong – very wrong – and I’m here to put the record straight. Earlier story In my earlier post I wrote that: “Engineering is a discipline that’s based upon fact and analysis and the clear application of both in order to solve known and agreed problems. Working closely with engineers for many years has taught me the value of their rigorous training and education.  For example: The Read more [...]

Six ingredients for great L&D communication – Part 3

23 Oct
October 23, 2014 In the final part of this three-part series I’ll continue our journey towards achieving great L&D communication. You may recall from the first two posts $$ CITATION $$ that there were six key ingredients to great L&D communication.  There are: Clarity Consistency Commitment Challenge Chutzpah Create and share stories We’ve already looked at the first four, so let’s now concentrate on number five and six – chutzpah and create and share stories. Chutzpah Derived Read more [...]

Six ingredients for great L&D communication – Part 2

09 Oct
October 9, 2014 In the second of a three-part series I’ll continue our journey towards achieving great L&D communication. You may recall from the first post $$ CITATION $$ that there were six key ingredients to great L&D communication.  There are: Clarity Consistency Commitment Challenge Chutzpah Create and share stories We’ve already looked at the first two, so let’s now concentrate on number three and four – commitment and challenge. Commitment The third step for great Read more [...]

Getting alignment at Learning Live

11 Sep
September 11, 2014 My session is over, the lights have dimmed and the crowds are heading for a well-earned lunch.  So far, Learning Live 2014 has been a stunning success and a credit to the team at the Learning and Performance Institute who made it all possible. As you may have seen from my post earlier today, I wanted to ensure that as many people as possible have access to all the resources associated with my session.  As you’ll have seen from the session details. I was talking about “Why L&D can’t Read more [...]

Learning Live is here!

11 Sep
September 11, 2014 After months of planning, Learning Live 2014 is finally here!  As readers of my blog will know, I’m speaking at the conference this year so this post is a taster of what’s to come. At 11:30 GMT I’ll be taking to the stage to deliver my session - you can see more details here. In what will be a highly interactive and participative session,  I'll outline the benefits of aligning with your business.   The session will be full of real-world examples and backed up with fact and figures.  In Read more [...]

It’s almost time for Learning Live 2014

04 Sep
September 4, 2014 It’s an uncharacteristically short post from me this week as I make the final preparations for Learning Live. I was delighted when my submission for a proposed session was accepted and there’s been an increasing flurry of activity as zero date draws close.  It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly time flies as a major presentation approaches. Learning Live is becoming one of the key Learning and Development events in the UK – and rightly so.  This year there is a great line-up of presenters 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]