Death to Learning & Development! Fact or Fiction?

Is workplace learning and development (L&D) dying? Does it deserve to continue to exist? What should L&D become to survive? These are some of the questions people have recently been asking. My friend and colleague, Tom Spiglanin, just blogged about a significant change in the workplace learning space. Tom knows his stuff and I encourage... Continue Reading →

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Trends, Goals, and Professional Development….Planning for 2016

The 35th anniversary of John Lennon's death just passed but his word remain..."So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over. And a new one just begun." Yes. Another year is over and what have you done? If you are unable to fully answer this question don't worry, you are not alone.... Continue Reading →

The Real Business of Learning Evaluation

Thank you to Con Sotidis (@LearnKotch) and #OzLearn for inviting me to be part of their upcoming Nov 10, 2015 (8pm AEDT) Twitter Chat. I wish my L&D colleagues 'down unda' learn as much from my perspective as I expect to discover from them. Business leaders place Learning practitioners under tremendous pressure to demonstrate that... Continue Reading →

Don’t Drink the Learning Evaluation Kool-Aid!

Learning practitioners are taught early, or should I dare say brainwashed, to believe the ‘essential’ four levels of evaluation. Many of us refer to these levels as the Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model and it has been a cornerstone in every learning event and also a foundation for many evaluation models that followed. But let’s be honest,... Continue Reading →

It’s Not About ‘Learning’…It’s About Business Accountability!

Business leaders place Learning practitioners under tremendous pressure to demonstrate that their learning efforts and initiatives are worth the budget they allocate to it. This is probably one of the biggest challenges facing those involved with any aspect of workplace learning. There are many reasons why learning practitioners are unable to connect their efforts with... Continue Reading →

‘Snake Oil’ From the Bully Pulpit

Recently, a well-respected workplace learning peer posted an interesting and conversation-inducing discussion about dealing with a 'snake oil' person within your personal learning network (PLN). Personally, I found this blog post very insightful. I respect the message the post is attempting to communicate but a thought crossed my mind, "How prevalent is the issue of... Continue Reading →

Slaying the “Elephant” in the Training Room

Did you notice the real elephant in the room at these conferences? No? it is safe to say that many of the speakers we encounter at every conference simply rehash the ‘same old’ and well-worn thought process. Speakers do this hoping participants won’t notice that their work is, in reality, useless. So...what is your responsibility? Discover the answer in this blog post.

Time to Get Real About Workplace Learning!

(Originally published on ASTD Links March 4th, 2014 http://bit.ly/1gIJFJL) After circulating the conference circuit in the past few months, we’ve been dismayed to see that many learning professionals believe learning’s role can, and possibly should, remain disconnected to from business reality. By no means do we want to minimize some of the worthy learning integration... Continue Reading →

Get on the RADAR! Gaining Buy-in for E/M-Learning

The challenge for many workplace learning professionals is their ability, or more the inability, to get their leadership to recognize the importance and relevance of significant learning initiatives. If you are frustrated not gaining the attention you believe your initiatives deserve you are not alone. Through this tip, you will get on, what I refer... Continue Reading →

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