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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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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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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The unofficial L&D Generous ‘Must Read Learning & Development Books List’ (as voted by you)

The L&D Generous Unofficial Essential Learning and Development Book List

The L&D Generous Unofficial Essential Learning and Development Book List

A big thank you to everyone that read, liked, and made recommendations in response to my ‘What are your top Learning & Development ‘Must Read’ Books?’ post last week.

Here, in no particular order, is the list (so far)…

  • ‘Level Up – Building the highest performance teams’ by Dr Pete Stebbins with Alistair Kerr (thank you for this recommendation Bronwyn Jones)
  • ‘The FISH! Philosophy’ by John Christensen (thank you for this recommendation Danielle Peters)
  • ‘Learning Conversations’ by Sheila Harri-Augstein and Laurie Thomas (thank you for this recommendation Doug Hawkins)
  • ‘The leadership pipeline’ by Ram Charan & Drotter (thank you for this recommendation Jinty Ainsworth)
  • ‘How we Learn’ by Benedict Carey (thank you for this recommendation Karen Dahlstrom)
  • ‘GRIT’ by Angela Duckwort (thank you for this recommendation Francine Paton)
  • ‘Tribal Leadership’ by Dave Logan, Halee Fischer-Wright, & John King (thank you for this recommendation Stephen Rutter)
  • ‘The Future of Professions’ by Susskins (thank you for this recommendation John Westgarth)
  • ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ – Lencioni (Greg Horne and for seconding that nomination Debra Kraft)

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Learning & Development Cartoon – The Training Binder…

Ok, it’s Friday, so it’s time for some light comic relief before we all break for the weekend.

Here’s a fantastic one from good-old Dilbert that I’m sure all Learning & Development people can relate to…

Learning and Development Cartoons - The Training Binder - L and D Generous

Thanks for reading – have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!

Cheers,

Sam

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About the Author:

Sam Russell is a self-confessed Learning & Development tragic. In his work-life, he’s a long-time Australian Learning & Development consultant who works with clients to design, develop and implement ‘end-to-end’ blended capability development solutions. He’s also a keynote speaker on topics including (but not limited to) ‘The future of  organisation learning’‘Simple strategies for maximising transfer of learning to behaviour’, and ‘Speaking C-Suitese, not L&Dese, to win L&D budget approval’.