Learning and Development: You Have One Job

In many organisations, the learning and development (L&D) area are known as the people who deliver information – mostly via courses – either online or in a classroom. Many of which are essentially nothing more than one-off, content dumps.

We say that we want to be business partners and express our desire for a seat at the table so we talk about “capacity building”, “a learning organisation” and “ecosystems” in an attempt to achieve this.

We talk about blending, flipping, shrinking, socialising and gamifying learning events but often the execution has the wrong focus.

We’ve become overly fixated on frameworks and models and waste time debating their proportions instead of using them as a guide and not a prescription.

We cling to concepts that don’t exist yet dismiss others despite the evidence from research that exists.

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