L&D Lowdown - May 2018 Edition

Every month our expert editorial team curate the content that matters from across the world of L&D. Stay informed and up-to-date with our pick of the best L&D news, research and practical resources.

Written by Emerald Works
Published 02 May 2018
L&D Lowdown - May 2018 Edition

In L&D Lowdown this month …

In Focus: Driving Performance and Productivity

Industry benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity has produced a research report that provides insights into how the best performing learning teams are increasing productivity within their organisations.

Media: Article / PDF
Reading time: 1 minute, plus report reading time

Lessons From the Maker Movement

What can the maker movement teach organisations about creativity and innovation? A fair bit, according to this article from MIT Sloan Management Review. It argues that we need to stop cultures of criticism and start focusing on employees’ creative skills.

Media: Article
Reading time: 7 minutes

2018 Global Human Capital Trends: The Rise of the Social Enterprise

Now in its 5th year, Deloitte’s research of more than 11,000 business and HR leaders across 124 countries, presents 10 workplace trends shaping the way we work. It’s an extensive report with an interesting chapter on careers. 

Media: Article / Video / PDF
Reading time: 3 minutes, plus report reading time

The CIPD L&D Show: Highlights from Day 1
The CIPD L&D Show: Highlights from Day 2 

Is it possible to run an L&D team from a smartphone? The CIPD’s Andy Lancaster thinks so. This standout session and many others feature in People Management’s run-down of the two-day conference.

Media: Article
Reading time: 4 minutes

The Worst Piece of Peer Review I’ve Ever Received

Peer reviews are an important part of the process that filters new research, some of which will be of interest to learning professionals. But how robust is the peer process? Not as robust as it should be …

Media: Article
Reading time: 9 minutes 

Something to watch

Personal Knowledge Management

Harold Jarche is the originator of the ‘seek, sense, share’ model that is critical to developing our own personal knowledge and understanding. In this video, Jarche shares his thinking on how to become better at making sense of the mountain of information that’s available at our fingertips. 

Watching time: 15 minutes

Who to follow on Twitter

Andrew Jacobs @AndrewJacobsLD is a very experienced L&D manager in the public sector. He shares great insights on learning and is always practical, pragmatic and thoughtful.

@LnDConnect Follow – and become a part of – this active community of L&D professionals. As well as connecting with peers, you can join in the weekly Twitter chat on learning and organisational design. It takes place on Fridays at 8.00 am GMT and uses the hashtag #ldinsight. 

Statista Charts @StatistaCharts is a statistics portal which shares charts, graphs and infographics on a wide range of topics. For example, did you know that on average, people in the UK spend six minutes a day reading books?

Events and conferences to check out

ATD International Conference and Expo, 6-9 May, San Diego, USA.
Training and Development Summit, 14-15 May, Whittlebury Hall, UK.
Learning at Work Week, 14-20 May, UK wide.
Digital Learning Summit, 16-17 May, live online event.
Mental Health Matters, 16 May, Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh.

Something to listen to

A good day at work – Sir Cary Cooper.

The Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat podcast is a weekly show all about work culture. In this episode, well-being at work champion Sir Cary Cooper looks at how workplaces and employees can make work better. 

Listening time: 44 minutes

About the author

Emerald Works

Emerald Works

At Emerald Works, we’re committed to helping individuals and organizations around the world realize their full potential by using evidence-led learning solutions that work.

We work together to build learning cultures that empower people to bring about real change for real impact.

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