Takeaways from Learning 2017

I recently got back from the Learning 2017 conference. Like last year, I want to share some of what I learned and experienced. The sessions and events I attended were quite different this time, so they’ve provided a different set of insights. In no particular order:

Development Must be Continuous

Whether you’re talking about your personal development, a learner’s development, or your organization’s development it needs to be ongoing to be effective. Check box “we did that” mentalities lead to stagnation and, at best, short term gains. True continuous development requires commitment, adopting a change mindset, and staying curious. Be careful and don’t make changes for the sake of making changes. If something is working well it should be left in place. If something isn’t working it can be improved upon. When people take ownership of their development it means more to them. Trying to require or assign one-size-fits all programs probably won’t go over well in the long run. It’s harder for people to become personally invested in them.

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