The biggest challenge to L&D is…


Picture this – a room full of learning practitioners,  sitting in a circle ready to  begin.  One comment from the room “How am I supposed to write anything with no desk”?

The conversation unfolds…the facilitator begins by telling us he is not the expert on the topic  and he will be interested to hear what we have to say.  After a few key questions and some stilted discussion someone from the room says “I’m here for you to tell me about the topic so I can write some ideas down, that’s why I’m here”  Several nods of agreement come from the room.  The facilitator again reminds us that he is not the expert.  Someone leaves the room.

The conversation continues…a group of participants share amused glances and smirks as the facilitator speaks.  They appear to be unhappy with the way things are going.  Someone poses a really interesting comment from left field, the room is quiet…there is no desire to explore new paradigms here.

If we, as learning practitioners, are to survive in this era where innovation is the new currency, where collaborative learning is the new approach and  where the learning experience is more valuable than the content;  we need to,  in the words of Gandhi, “be the change we want to see”

Anything else will see us become obsolete.



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