I’m at the Learning Technologies conference ( see #LTUK15 for more details)
As I sit on floor 1 of Olympia in London, Surrounded by an exhibition filled with vendors who have designed stuff to enable learning in organisations ( I think that’s what it is all for…. I mean, that’s the deal, right?) I have a strange sense of disconnect.
Will this do it?
Will these digital wonders, with capability beyond my brain power, help to make our Organisational experience a whole world better? Will they enable learning? Better leadership? Nicer humans?
I’m guessing yes and no. I heard some good stuff yesterday about how tech has enabled L&D folk to reach further out to their organisations, expand their span of contact and influence…. their intention to support better Sales teams /Share content and upskill workforces (in all sectors) rang through.
And somewhere in all of this, we still need to do the ground work. Introducing technology without putting in the hours to ensure we have the IT systems, the hardware, the need is, I would offer, at best foolhardy.
And I’m sure we kind of all know that… its just I don’t often hear it explicitly said in the profession. We get tangled up in all sorts of shiny at times, all sorts of complexity about competencies, technology and learning frameworks……It sometimes feels wasteful.
So in the midst of complexity, I’m kind of thinking it’s this, today:
We are here to help people learn – to offer the ways and the means to do it.
To give access where and how we can, in the best possible way we can.
The best organisational learning offers are clean and clear and simple – we seek to understand & through that become understood.
Understanding the organisational context we work in – who we are, what is important to us – matters. A Lot. If you want your learning offer to be successful.
People will sell thing to people.
We buy promises and dreams sometimes.
Let’s be wise to that.
Sometimes the learning needs to be fast and tech enabled.
Sometimes it need to be slow, hard won and personal.
Here endeth my mullings.