It has become clear that one of the things that is needed is a shakeup of Learning & Development (L&D). My simple version is that L&D isn’t doing all it could and should be doing, and what it is doing it is not doing well. The flaws are myriad
What we see are courses as the only tool in the toolbox. The LMS, rapid elearning tools, virtual classrooms, and of course the omnipresent F2F training sessions are the rule. Organizations are not doing root cause analysis or aligning with business metrics, but instead are serving as ‘order takers’. Organizations are not looking to using performance support even though it’s likely a better value than courses, let alone looking to the network as a systematic component of the solution. Worse, the courses that are being offered are largely knowledge dump/test.
And you’ve heard me go off on this before. So what more can I do? How about write a book laying out the case in more detail? Let’s say I:
- document the problems with evidence
- point to the things about learning and organizations that we are not paying attention to
- show what it could be like if we were doing what we should be (with case studies), and
- lay out a road map forward
Would that be helpful?
Well, as I’ve hinted, that’s what’s been my project for the past months. It’s gone into production, with a target date of May 2014. The title, slightly unwieldy but capturing the necessary thoughts, has been finalized:
Revolutionize Learning & Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age
I aim to spark the revolution, and I hope you’ll join me!