Not another ‘Learning Trends 2019’ list – here’s what we really need to do better this year

There’s been a deluge of prediction lists recently, as there always is at this time of the year. ‘Learning trends 2019’… ‘What’s hot in L&D this year?’… ’17 unbelievable learning predictions, number 8 will blow your socks off!’

It’s always the same. Take a moment to look back at a couple of last year’s lists. They look almost identical, just spun slightly differently by marketing teams (sorry) and influencers. Yes, that might just reflect the snail’s pace this industry can move at, but it’s also a sign that we’re looking in the wrong places.

Consultants are always saying that learning teams need to integrate more closely with the business. That’s true. Except that most business people are also quite flummoxed about how to deal with digital disruption, so shouldn’t L&D be actually setting the agenda? Isn’t that the best way to be adding value?

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