What’s in a name? How might the name of your learning resources affect engagement?

Naming Training Programs - L and D Generous

Does the name of your capability development initiatives impact on engagement?

I was recently thinking about the unavoidable fact that some people resist any initiative labelled ‘training’ or ‘learning’…indeed, some people seem to be actively anti anything to do with training/learning.

We can debate the possible reasons for this (e.g. terrible experiences in school, thinking they know it all already, not seeing capability development as a priority, people who ‘don’t like being told what to do’, etc) but the harsh reality is that there will always be some people (sometimes many people) who just react negatively to anything with the words ‘training’ or ‘learning’ (or similar) in them.

Now, there’s a lot we can do to overcome such objections Continue reading

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Capability Development by Stealth – What subtle initiatives can you use to encourage and support organisational capability and cultural goals?

Capability Development by Stealth – What subtle initiatives can you use to encourage and support organisational capability and cultural goals?

Developing capability and culture by stealth…

So, my recent article ‘Is this the best L&D related advert ever?’ about Sodastream’s ‘Join the Revolution’ video prompted a completely reasonable question from one reader… ‘Yes, it’s a clever recruiting video that’s well executed with clear culture messages, but I’m struggling to see how this is a Learning and Development video’.

A fair point and one that actually opens up a much wider question about the additional strategies that can be employed to encourage and embed our organisational capability and/or cultural goals.

Before I expand on that, here was my response to the original question… Continue reading

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams

Seven Simple Ways to Help Your Business Function Leads Develop their Teams - L and D Generous

How can you help you function leads develop their team members?

From HR and Marketing through to Sales and Accounting, the role of a function manager is an extremely challenging one and, whilst those managers can be highly skilled and experienced, research suggests that they often feel under-prepared and/or overwhelmed in regard to addressing their team’s capability development needs.

Here’s a few simple strategies for helping them identify and address their team members’ capability needs and, as a result, decrease workplace stress, anxiety and dis-engagement and increase positivity, performance and productivity : Continue reading

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

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.

The worst of it is 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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