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This is a fortnightly topical podcast show for L&D professionals. Each episode David James will be discussing and debating topics affecting the profession today, alongside various guests.  David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. Twitter: @DavidInLearning LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/ Website: https://www.looop.co/

The Learning & Development Podcast David James

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This is a fortnightly topical podcast show for L&D professionals. Each episode David James will be discussing and debating topics affecting the profession today, alongside various guests.  David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. Twitter: @DavidInLearning LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/ Website: https://www.looop.co/

    Is L&D Sleep Walking Into Extinction With James Poletyllo

    Is L&D Sleep Walking Into Extinction With James Poletyllo

    ‘We are not always the best at learning in learning’ 

    David is in conversation with James Poletyllo, Director of the Learning Effect, he has extensive experience in people development and champions the development of the profession and brings challenge to ineffective practice. 

    Is Learning and Development sleepwalking into extinction? 

    This is an uncomfortable question to be asking - let alone to be answering - but it’s an important one. One that James Poletyllo explored in a recent article. In this episode, we dive deeper into our experiences of L&D to seek examples of this and where our profession might need to more consciously evolve to stay relevant. 

    There is a blurring of boundaries as we move into a more connected world and this is an opportunity for L&D to do things differently and in a more agile way, listen in and hear more. 

      

    KEY TAKEAWAYS 
    It seems to be different modes of delivery but the same old stuff. 
    Sometimes you get excited by and driven by the newness of something regardless of whether it is the right solution.  
    A good learning professional is really involved in the business and there to make sure the change that is being implemented will resonant with those on the front line who are trying to make it work and it’s not just one hit and will have real value to the business 
    We are still viewed as not having a real impact on the business 
    We need to get better at creating an architecture and infrastructure that allows a business to learn and share knowledge more quickly and to impart knowledge and information across the business more quickly. 
    There is an opportunity to look at things and ask how we can identify learning opportunities in a more agile way? 
    How can we get solutions out there more quickly? 
    How can we drive personalisation 
    How can we really make adaptive learning work 
    As a L&D professional, we don’t have to know everything but we have to be facilitators of the organisation 
    A myriad of skills are needed in L&D including engagement, data, curation of content, technology and being able to create experiences that add value. 
    Get close to what’s important in the business and ask how are you going to create purpose for the learner. 

      

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘We should work on being solution-focused to solve problems at the speed  business needs’ 

    ‘Let’s step back and look at what we are trying to achieve’ 

    ‘We can’t just rebrand we have to do things differently’ 

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES 

    The Learning & Development Podcast  

    Article ‘Ten reasons why learning and development is sleepwalking into extinction’ 

      

    ABOUT THE GUEST 

    James Poletyllo Bio 

    James has almost 20 years of experience in People Development in sectors as diverse as Telecoms, Local Council, Healthcare, and Hospitality, with many of his roles at a senior level. Now, as a consultant, he champions the development of the profession, whilst challenging ineffective practice that seems to be holding us back. 

    
 

    CONTACT METHOD 

    You can follow and connect with James via: 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamespoletyllo/ 

    Website: https://www.thelearningeffect.co.uk/ 

    Article ‘Ten reasons why learning and development is sleepwalking into extinction’: https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/opinion/ten-reasons-why-learning-and-development-sleepwalking-extinction 

      

    ABOUT THE HOST 

    David James 

    David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

    As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. 

      

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    • 42 min
    Important Update! Stay Tuned in 2020

    Important Update! Stay Tuned in 2020

    Important Information About The Learning & Development Podcast

    This is a very short episode announcing that new episodes of The Learning & Development podcast will be released fortnightly for a while with the next episode being with you on Tuesday 21st of January.

     

    ABOUT THE HOST
    David James 

    David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

    As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. 

    CONTACT METHOD 


    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/davidinlearning/


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/ 


    Website: https://www.looop.co/

    • 40 sec
    Point Of Work – with Gary Wise

    Point Of Work – with Gary Wise

    “The field of play has evolved for L&D and now includes supporting a dynamic learning performance ecosystem. If the field of play changes, it implies we must evolve and adopt new rules of engagement.” 

    What Gary is referring to here is the the Point Of Work. In this episode, the point of topic is the Point Of Work, which is broader than workflow learning and an essential area of focus if we (L&D) are to make a real difference in our organisations. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Workflow learning is learning in the workflow where the worker does not have to disengage with the work in order to resolve a moment of need. 


    The concept of learning in the workflow is one where learning is accessible, but you have to disengage with the actual work to go and find it. 


    Point Of Work is not necessarily a destination. It’s a discipline. The whole concept is a mind-shift, a strategic re-think of how we are going to approach a dynamic learning performance eco-system. 


    “Changing the conversation” is one of the key objectives that a Point Of Work assessment is designed to facilitate. It has to start at the top. 


    The question we should truly be asking is what is that operationally, people-wise, or systemically, might actually be the problem that is preventing your people from doing what they are here to actually do? 


    If you go down through from a senior leadership position to an individual contributor, you have multiple points of work, and you have multiple perspectives that are influencing those points of work. 


    The shift from learning to performance is one that comes up more and more these days. In a study, only 26% of respondents said that the ability to support performance was prevalent within their function. 


    We need to pick the greatest pain-point that we’re dealing with and figure out how to resolve that. What that will then become is proof-of-concept. Conversations will arise from this, which will fundamentally shape development.

    BEST MOMENTS


    ‘It’s in the workflow. It’s in the application. There’s no downtime’ 


    ‘Off-task time is required in order to engage in learning in the workflow’ 


    ’No. I want it all’ 


    ‘What is the problem that we are truly seeking to address here?’ 


    ’There was a landmine there of a different kind!’ 


    ‘It starts small and it scales’ 


    ‘Human performance outfitters drives living and learning’   

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Gary Wise is an established Workforce Productivity Strategist and Coach with over 35-years of cross-industry leadership experiences in corporate Learning & Development. During the first 20-years he amassed an impressive string of failures; not failures in team leadership or poorly designed Training solutions, but failures to recognise a blind spot – the myth that Training solutions drive and sustain workforce performance.  

    During the next 15-years, he postured a reality that Training only promotes potential; measurable workforce performance does not manifest until knowledge workers reach a new ground zero – Point-of-Work 

    You can follow and connect with Gary via: 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garywiseprofilemyca/ 

    Website: https://livinginlearning.com/ 

    ABOUT THE HOST

    David James 

    David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

    As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. 

    CONTACT METHOD 


    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/davidinlearning/


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/ 


    Website: https://www.looop.co/

    • 48 min
    Wrapping up 2019

    Wrapping up 2019

    Each week David has talked to guests about what lights them up in the world of people development across 31 episodes this year. 

    As a way of wrapping this up for2019 in this episode, he shares a summary of his learning so far and looks ahead to next year. 

    In 2020 truly understanding user-centricity, human-centred designed will be key and learning what this really is that will be important for every learning and development professional. 

    By understanding what it is people are trying to do, the experiences they are having what’s required of the organisation then better experiences can be designed in order to improve performance and insight. If we can understand the experiences people have then we can design even greater experiences   

      

    KEY TAKEAWAYS 
    The shift from learning to performance is well underway and it was a key theme for many of the guests on the podcast. 
    The emergence of data in learning and development that is far beyond the valuation data available previously is a good signifier of where we should be applying our attention. 
    if we are going to address the primary concerns of our workforce and organisations it’s going to be around performance. 
    We need to move forward and with the changes to the workplace and work, we need to change the way we work to bring greater impact. 
    An agile mindset which is working with and for the client understanding what it is they are trying to achieve and iterating this over a period of time to affect performance, output, results and data can be a game-changer for learning and development. 
    Resources, not courses are both a mindset and a practice and it continues to gain momentum within the learning and development arena. 
    Learning in the flow of work is learning while you are working it’s not stopping work to learn 
    You are building your knowledge and incite from where you work and is focused on what you are trying to achieve. 
    People are already having experiences at work – these may be good, bad, effective, ineffective or largely indifferent and it’s about understanding what people are already experiencing in relation to what they are trying to do and designing Learning and Development experiences that move the needle in the right direction. 

      

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘What  does acceptable performance look like and what performance needs to be addressed and what needs to be the focus to understand performance to a greater degree?’ 

    ‘Everyone is now experimenting to see if they can move the needle in the right direction’ 

    ‘It’s not an emerging trend it’s one that’s being embraced a lot more and will help us to affect performance’ 

     

      

    VALUABLE RESOURCES 

    The Learning & Development Podcast  

      

    ABOUT THE HOST 

    David James 

    David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

    As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. 

      

    CONTACT METHOD 

    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/davidinlearning?lang=en 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/ 

    Website: https://www.looop.co/ 

    • 12 min
    Performance And Results – with Jeremy McLellan

    Performance And Results – with Jeremy McLellan

    "L&D is fast becoming more than just a support function, one that is a strategic partner to the effective operation of any business”: this is a phrase Jeremy McLellan uses in his LInkedIn bio and a great description of the value he brings to his employers. 

    In this episode, we talk about how Jeremy has evolved his own practice, how he has brought his organisations along with him and achieved real business results.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The paradigm shift in technology and its everyday applications has driven change in the way we consume education. The result is that we have adapted our own behaviours to suit this, but business training and development hasn’t yet caught up.

     
    Expectations from our stakeholders, organisations and bosses, are that we run programs based on requests. Jeremy has begun to solve this by blogging, opening discussions and holding conversations. Communication is key.

     
    An effective tool was to role-play the candidate experience with staff members, everything from arriving at the office to the setting of each environment. It even went so far as to include calls and conversations. The feedback proved extraordinarily accurate when real candidates arrived.

     
    We do not tend to acknowledge the actual situations and challenges that people face in the context of their work, then a great deal of effort and credibility loses out.

     
    When development was certificate-based, people saw each session as little more than a step toward their goal, instead of a real and fruitful development experience. Once the certificate was earned, the experience and knowledge was sidelined.

     
    trust is vital between candidates and L&D. We all face resistance due to the expectations of candidate’s prior experiences. It’s best not to force something. We need to go where we’re wanted and needed, and look for the areas that are open to embracing change.

    BEST MOMENTS
    ‘Business L&D needs to bridge the gap’
    ‘Googling our way through life’
    ’There were so many rituals that I thought were bonkers and unreasonable’
    ‘When you write something down it frames that thing in your own mind’
    ’To try something different in an organisation requires currency’
    ‘Resistance can be born out of miscommunication or lack of vision'

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Jeremy McLellan is Head of Learning and Development Europe at Alvarez & Marsal and previously held the same title at Hudson. As a progressive L&D leader who focuses on performance and results, Jeremy challenges his teams to make the difference that makes a real difference, helping people to do what they’re trying to do better and helping his organisation to more effectively and efficiently achieve its aims.

    You can follow and connect with Jeremy via:

    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/jeremy-mclellan-evolving-learning-b6a12711

    ABOUT THE HOST

    David James

    David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

    As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board.

    CONTACT METHOD
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/davidinlearning/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/
    Website: https://www.looop.co/

    • 35 min
    Future Leadership With Haydn Bratt

    Future Leadership With Haydn Bratt

    In this fascinating episode, David is in conversation with Haydn Bratt founder of MINDSET and a personal leadership coach. He works to change the ways people lead so people can express their brilliance in the workplace. 

    They discuss the changing face of leadership and the different drivers that impact on business today. 

    The old models of leadership are no longer achieving the results businesses are striving for so what needs to be different and how can it be achieved? 

    This thought-provoking discussion will benefit any Learning and Development professional listen in and learn. 

      

    KEY TAKEAWAYS 
    Future leadership is about how do we equip the people in our businesses to lead into and master tomorrow. 
    The world is changing there is a lot of different drivers impacting business today. 
    The old models of leadership are no longer working or achieving the results businesses are striving for. 
    There are a group of people coming into the workplace with a completely different set of expectations. 
    There is rapid growth in technology and this is driving different ways of working. 
    Knowledge is no longer the currency it used to be and there is a change in the dynamic around how people are working together. 
    There is an emergence of the need for leadership with an emotional connection. 
    People want to feel a sense of belonging to the people around them and a connection to the leaders of the organisation. 
    There is a genuine fundamental foundational need for an alternative way to lead organisations. 
    As an L&D professional, you need to invest in yourself in the areas you are passionate about. 
    Become more of a challenger and build your ability to look beneath. 
    If you are passionate about learning and development first educate yourself about the trends and then start thinking about where your organisation is going. 
    No organisation fails from a lack of hard work we fail through a lack of quality thinking 

      

      

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘One career in one organisation is gone for many’ 

    ‘They want to feel more than just a number in the organisation’ 

    ‘There are a set of behaviours that have always existed in great leaders over the years and we are now seeing a greater demand for these leadership skills’ 

    ‘There is a fundamental shift in the power dynamic’ 

     

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES 

    The Learning & Development Podcast  

    Mindset Leadership website 

    Haydn Bratt LinkedIn 

     

    ABOUT THE HOST 

    David James 

    David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

    As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. 

      

    CONTACT METHOD 

    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/davidinlearning?lang=en 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjameslinkedin/ 

    Website: https://www.looop.co/ 

    • 36 min

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Must have for L&D pros

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A must for L&D teams

In a changing world of L&D this pod gives fresh views and challenges traditional approaches. If you’re interested in how to keep L&D relevant than this is a great place to start to challenge thinking and provide fresh ideas!

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A must for anyone interested in L&D

What I love most about this podcast is the fresh perspectives and critical yet hopeful views of the hot topics in People Development.
If you’re seeking to move beyond the status quo in L&D, this podcast is for you

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