Universities aren’t agile and flexible enough to deliver to the private sector…right!?!

University Programs for the Private Sector - L and D Generous

Are Universities still just slow and inflexible providers of nothing but the MBA?

It’s something I hear fairly often…“Universities aren’t agile and flexible enough to deliver to private sector organisations…and they only offer the MBA anyway”.

Well, for the most part that certainly was the case but is it still true?

Like so many things, it’s not as simple as a straight yes or no answer.

There’s no getting away from the fact that many (probably most) Australian University Business School’s are still stuck in their ‘do it our way or no way’ mentality, often making it difficult for full-time employees to attend workshops, zero contextualisation, no non-accredited programs, etc. Indeed, the fact that a University needs a Business School for many of the important global rankings means that many simply operate them as a loss-leader with no real desire to change or create a meaningful value proposition to the private sector.

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Learning & Development Cartoon: Teaching vs Learning

Ok, it’s the end of the week again, so it’s time for another Learning and Development related ‘Friday Funny’ before we all break for the weekend.

Here’s a good one that quite nicely illustrates the difference between teaching and learning and that I’m sure my fellow Learning & Development tragics will appreciate.

I’m afraid I can’t credit the artist as he or she didn’t sign their work – my thanks anyway to the mystery cartoonist.

Learning and Development Cartoons - Teaching VS Learning - L and D Generous

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Events Alert: UQ Business School’s remaining Exec-Development short courses for 2018

UQ Business School - Executive Short Courses - 2018

Participants in a UQ Business School workshop are provided with the highest possible capability development opportunities

Given that my role as an Industry Engagement Manager at UQ Business School includes keeping organisations up-to-date with our various public programs, I thought I’d do a quick post to let you know what’s coming up in the calendar for the rest of this year.

As you’d expect from UQ, these workshops really are about as good as it gets being developed by one of the world’s top-tier universities and delivered by facilitators with both academic excellence AND in-depth industry experience. They also offer an amazing opportunity for participants to network and share knowledge and experience.

Most of these workshops are designed for people working from Middle-Management to Executive level positions (although, some are targeted at just Executives and Senior Executives – see the program titles and full course info for details).

Book three places or more for a 10% reduction.

NB. These topics (and many others) can all be delivered ‘in-house’, fully contextualised to your specific needs.

UQ Business School’s 2018 Short Course Topics, Dates and Pricing

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Why on earth would organisations REDUCE training spend when retrenching staff?

Why not to reduce training spend - L and D Generous

Confused? You will be!

Ok, yesterday’s post ‘How many L&D/OD jobs are there in Australia, where are they and how to they relate to L&D spend?’ got me right back on my high horse about one of my massive Learning & Development related bug-bears. That being, WHY ON EARTH WOULD AN SLT REDUCE TRAINING SPEND WHEN RETRENCHING STAFF!?!?!

Now, I realise that I’m almost certainly preaching to the choir here and, being a self-confessed L&D tragic, possibly a bit biased, but here’s my thinking…

What happens in a downturn

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How many L&D/OD jobs are there in Australia, where are they and how to they relate to L&D spend?

Learning and Development Jobs in Australia - L and D Generous

VERY unscientific research conducted on Seek.com.au

Periodically, I like to have a look at the number of Australian Learning and Development and Organisational Development job adverts there are on Seek.

No, this isn’t simply my ‘L&D Tragicness’ rearing its ugly head (although, in fairness, that almost certainly plays a part). It’s because, whilst it’s not exactly scientific research to do a quick, generic job-search on Seek, it does give a pretty decent insight into the health of the industry, and not just from a job market point of view.

When times are tough, training is one of the things that suffers as companies tighten their purse strings (although, don’t get me started on how crazy that is…a topic for another post for sure!). With less training being delivered comes less [perceived] need for Learning and Development staff. Continue reading

Create the workplace culture you want to work in

Create the workplace culture you want to work in - L and D Generous

Gandhi once famously said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, it seems to me that this same advice is very relevant when looking to make a positive change to workplace culture (indeed, it’s a topic I’ve spoken about as a keynote).

Anyone who’s been in the Learning and Development space for more than five minutes will know that culture is basically everything…i.e. if you have a culture of positivity, engagement, support, capability, etc your organisation is likely to succeed. If you have a culture of negativity, blame, incapability, etc, your organisation is almost certainly destined to fail.

So where does Learning and Development fit into all this?

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