Podcast 139 - How can we transform learning?

What is innovation? Can anyone be creative? We ask why the concept of 'innovation' is so attractive and debate the notion that we should bring our creative pursuits into the workplace.

Written by Ross Garner
Published 02 April 2019
Podcast 139 - How can we transform learning?
Is your learning and development department transactional, taking orders and ensuring compliance?  Or does it focus on building capability with targeted initiatives that have support from the senior team?

In this week's Podcast, Barbara Thompson (formerly of BP and PA Consulting) joins Ross Garner and Owen Ferguson to share her insights working both internally and externally.

We discuss the challenges to transforming learning functions, the role of technology and how coaching techniques can help gain the support of senior colleagues.

In this episode you'll find out about

  • The challenges to transforming learning functions

  • The role of technology in learning transformations

  • How coaching techniques can help gain the support of senior colleagues

Barbara was too modest to plug anything, but blogs at: https://medium.com/@ba_thompson

Barbara recently shared her advice as a female leader in the business world at: https://www.stratxcorporate.com/industry-insights/how-to-rise-the-ranks-advice-from-a-female-leader-on-making-it-to-the-top?hs_amp=true 

Deloitte's 2014 summary on learning transformation is online at: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/HumanCapital/gx-cons-hc-learning-transformation-placemat.pdf 

The Towards Maturity 2019 benchmark is a great place to get started if you're interested in this topic, with guidance on what top performing L&D teams are doing differently. Their latest benchmark, The Transformation Journey, came out in February and is available online here.

And for something completely frivolous, you can find out the actors who have made the most money at the US box office at: https://www.businessinsider.com/actors-with-highest-box-office-2016-9?r=US&IR=T 
(This list is heavily skewed by how many films the actors have been in, and how many of those films were produced by Marvel. Owen wanted to point out that this list is not adjusted for inflation).

About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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