L&D 2020 – a guide for next decade

by | Sep 21, 2010 | Articles

 We are great supporters of TJ’s research L&D 2020 that explores the ways in which the L&D profession need to operate in the future to support changing business needs more successfully

Martyn Sloman, their principal consultant to the project has written a free e-book that looks at 9 principles to guide the L&D practitioner in the future. This new publication introduces nine, principles to guide the L&D practitioner.

  • Trust your judgement
  • Understand the difference between training and learning
  • Disregard anything that was written in the last century
  • Distinguish between context and processes and seek to understand both
  • L&D builds organisational benefits through higher value products and services
  • Value lies in the eye of the beholder
  • Try to develop the learning culture
  • Different interventions have different strengths and weaknesses
  • L&D is a craft activity which takes place in context

These principles are not necessarily new but our own research shows that they are definitely not widely acted on. However, those that take action in these areas actually deliver improved results to the business.

Towards Maturity have looked at implementation practices and L&D attitudes  in over 1200 organisations in the past 6 years and have found that those that take action in 6 areas ( which map to many of Sloman’s principles) are starting to deliver new types of learning offerings & report that they are getting more business buy in and deliver more business agility, more efficiently. Those sticking with traditional approaches are just not making the same impact in today’s business world.

We completely agree with Sloman that transformation in L&D is not dependent on the application of specific models but transformation will only come when the profession starts to take an active interest in wanting to change.

We hope that this book will help increase confidence and encourage that change for many L&D professionals!

The ebook is available free of charge* as a downloadable pdf here and you can find out more about the L&D 2020 project here.

*The Nick Webber Trust  was set up in memory of Nick Webber, who died in a car accident at the age of 28 while working in Malawi as a volunteer lawyer. Nick was a friend of one of Martyn Sloman’s sons and it is asked that those who download this ebook consider making a donation to the charity. To donate please visit: www.justgiving.com/Martyn-Sloman2010ebook.

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