We really need to be
better at this
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 setting the agenda? Isn't
that the best way to add value? And how do
we do that?
By building skills capability. Soft skills are
essential in the world of digital disruption.
How you identify deficits and deliver capability
is then something for you to consider. And
real results don't come from the latest fancy
baubles. Don't get me wrong, technological
progression is an important part of improving
the way we learn and work. It's just that what
matters more is how we connect with learners
on a deeper level.
To do this, we need to understand trends in
business and the world in general. Trends
that affect every one of us as consumers.
By understanding how these affect the way
we live and learn generally, we can design
learning that fits into people's lives, not just
looks good on a progress review.
The world's resources are depleting as fast as
the new digital frontier is cluttered with
endless data. That data feeds the algorithms
that claw at our attention from every side and
our learning is just one of an endless stream
of notifications jostling for attention.
You may have heard the soundbite that
humans now have a shorter attention span
than goldfish. An arbitrary claim, and perhaps
a little harsh on poor goldfish, who actually
have a rather good memory and are often
used as 'a model system for studying the
process of learning and memory formation,
exactly because they have a memory and
because they learn'. But it is an indicator of
how easily we can be distracted.
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