Is your outdated mindset
holding you back?
4 minute read (go on...you know you
Training challenges. What does that even
mean? A difficulty in delivering training?
Developing training? Supporting learning? My
utter resentment for the word aside, they're still
an ongoing and real problem for L&D.
According to the report The Top 10 Challenges
Faced by Learning & Development
Professionals by the Center for Management &
Organization Effectivenesss (CMOE), some of
the main problems for L&D are:
• Dealing with change
• Engaging learners
• Delivering consistent training
• Tracking and post-assessment
• Improving learning effectiveness
• Demonstrating value to leadership
These are all real problems that organisations
face. They are legitimate and probably keeping
some of you up at night (herbal tea highly
recommended post-6pm). But they're all
granular problems; I feel there's one root
cause in all of this. And sad to say, it's about
you - and that's an even bigger problem.
"We're using the wrong mindset for an entirely
new set of problems."
Old ways of thinking are still the
Let's try and look at this objectively. We are in a
world that has advanced at a terrifying rate in
just twenty years. Progress and innovation
have changed the world in countless ways.
Technology is ubiquitous. It has taken over; it
dominates our lives and permeates almost
everything we do. The way we shop, select
restaurants, interact and communicate have all
changed vastly in a short time.
Google was born in 1998 - it has taken just
twenty years to deliver advancements on an
unprecedented scale. But Google wasn't the
only development. You know what else was
happening twenty years ago?
• Inception of the 70:20:10 model to replace
the ADDIE model
• I had a pet Furby and a Tamagotchi. They
• Creation of Kirkpatrick's Levels of
• Europeans agreed on a single currency
• Britney Spears stole our hearts
• The term 'e-learning' was just a thought in
Elliott Masie's head (that's right kids, the
term e-learning wasn't coined until 1999.
Feel old yet?) Ashley Sinclair
Chief Marketing Officer