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An unashamed 'L&D tragic'.

Is this the best Learning and Development related advert ever?

Is this the best Learning and Development related advert ever - Sodastream Join the Revolution - L and D Generous

Is this the best L and D related advert ever?

First of all, I want to say a BIG thank you to Daisy Engel for posting this video – thanks Daisy! 🙂

The video is Sodastream’s new ‘Join the revolution’ advert and it hits SO MANY positive buttons.

First of all, it addresses the hugely important issue of the environment via the re-use benefits of Sodastream over the traditional one-use ‘drink and bin’ soft-drink options. However, looking at it through the lens of an L&D tragic like myself, it speaks about Continue reading

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L&D Cartoon – You can’t measure everyone’s capability the same way!

Learning and Development Cartoons - Not everyone can be measured the same way - L and D Generous

You can’t measure everyone’s capability the same way!

Ok, it’s the end of the week, so it’s time to lighten the mood again with a Learning and Development ‘Friday Funny’.

This one is an oldie but without doubt one of my all-time-favourites, beautifully illustrating how you just can’t apply the same system of capability measurement and be sure that you’ll get a fair or accurate result.

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Are you working in the right place to achieve your L&D aspirations?

Learning and Development Aspirations - L and D Generous

Is your organisation giving you Learning and Development Heaven or Hell?

Ok, this one’s a toughie because A/ for some people this might be bit too close to the bone and B/ given point A, I’d be lying if I was to say that I wasn’t a little concerned that I might be overstepping the mark here. However, I believe it’s a question that all of us should ask ourselves (not just L&D people by the way, anyone and everyone should ask themselves this question if they want to achieve a sense of workplace fulfillment, positivity and contentedness).

Almost without exception, everyone I know that works as internal Learning & Development Managers, Co-ords, Admins, etc are truly passionate about assisting their workforce members develop their knowledge and capability. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that not all of them are given the resources (i.e. support, budget, staff, etc) to do a decent job of it, making it difficult to achieve a truly meaningful learning program and/or impact on the organisation.

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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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