Learning & Development: Setting the Stage for Change in 2012

As 2012 arrives it’s the perfect opportunity for self-reflection. Organizations look at what worked last year, what didn’t work, and begin to set the stage for change in 2012.  The new year brings with it an organization’s need to become trend seekers and a desire to want to adapt to the changing marketplace.

What are some changes Learning and Development can expect for 2012?  How can the learning industry take advantage of the conservative optimism that most businesses feel for 2012?  How can you provide engaging training in 2012?

These are just some of the questions that will be answered by Stacey Harris, VP of Research for Brandon Hall Group, in our upcoming webinar tomorrow at 1 pm EST. Stacey will be joined by Donald Taylor, Chairman of Learning and Performance Institute, for a discussion on how the world of learning and development will change in 2012—in particular how the L & D focus will continue to shift from “learning and development” to “knowledge and performance.”

Most would agree that data continues to show that businesses are cautiously optimistic about possibilities in the new year.  However, taking a conservative approach to innovation and change is mandated and goals to engage multiple audiences on a more meaningful level are a key factor in most companies’ 2012 growth plans.

For 2012, L & D will be taking on a bigger new role which is essential both for the success of today’s businesses and for the survival of L & D itself. The big shift for the L & D function in 2012 from delivering courses to solving business problems—is more than a change of emphasis for the profession. It is an expansion of the role of Learning and Development that reaches beyond the confines of the factory-based model of training delivery. L & D will be combining the richness of the traditional apprenticeship approach to learning with both the speed of modern technology and the complexity of true business engagement.

Making a resolution to provide more outreach and engaging training in 2012 will be a crucial part for success in the coming year.  As the majority of millenials start to hit that milestone of turning 30, we’ll begin to see them move into key leadership roles. The previous generations will begin looking for more meaningful connections as both workers and consumers.  The lines between client, customer, employees, contingent workforces, and business advocates will blur. What is the one thing that organizations can offer all of these diverse audiences? They can offer meaningful relationships through education, development, and conversation.

Kickoff the new year with VP of Research of Brandon Hall Group, Stacey Harris, and Donald Taylor, Chairman of Learning and Performance Institute, as they offer a great discussion and new ideas for the Learning & Development community.  Register today for this exciting and informative webinar which will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1 pm EST.    http://www.brandonhall.com/events/webinars/details/53-new-year-new-trends-lms-2012.html

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Lorie Watson



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