Speed To Market

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zysit1_SjfEI’ve been in your shoes before – complaining about the unrealistic expectations that our business partners have on how quickly we can turn things around in L&D. There are two data points that I think are absolutely fascinating when we think about how we need to get content out:The half-life of an average skill today is 5 years (the more technical...
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L&D: The Policy Enforcers

Learning & Development (and HR for that matter), have gotten a bad rep. It's not that I think we don't deserve it, it's that I think we never wanted it to play out like this. I doubt any of us got into our field of L&D (again, or HR) because we thought, "oh yeah, I want to be the enforcement arm of company policy and Federal regulations." We thought, "I want to make the world better," or...
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Perfection & Perception

This whole idea of embracing the person of the learner over the process of learning, requires that we as an industry have to let go of some of the self-aggrandizement we tend to embrace through our own intelligence and academic research. This is a post I write while also wincing a bit for fear of how the message lands, but it’s too important to leave unsaid. We have become all-consumed with the...
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Language Makes Culture: “Learning” or “Learner”

During my career, I’ve had the privilege to work with some great companies, but there were two companies that stick out in particular for their culture, Nike and Capital One. During one of my first meetings on the Nike campus, a long-time employee working on their onboarding program quickly bragged to me about the swoosh tattoo she had (though she couldn't show it in the workplace).  That...
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