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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/

    L&D Leadership With Kimo Kippen

    L&D Leadership With Kimo Kippen

    Transitioning to a senior leadership position can be hugely challenging as experienced managers enter unchartered terrain. Without understanding quite what to expect, professionals are thrust into the most challenging of circumstances and many of them will fail. 

    In this episode, insight is shed onto this transition, with stories, tips and advice from one of the world’s most renowned CLO’s.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    We must recognise that the building blocks of any successful learning begins with being great business colleagues and partners. A more product-centric approach weakens the strategy.
    Delivering learning well is of primary focus. We must also consider the potential impact of this learning, and then tell this story in way that demonstrates value.
    We must consider capability building so that we can source initiatives, externally or internally, in order to meet the needs of the business.
    Saying yes to any request has almost been seen as validation by learning professionals. But we should never be afraid to say no. We must make each decision meaningfully, and for the good of the business. If we recognise that it is not, we must not compromise.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’The focus starts always with the business’

    ‘Don’t be afraid to say no’

    ‘First and foremost we must always be aligned to the business’

    ‘Being agile is at the core of our being able to grow our business for the future'

    VALUABLE RESOURC ES

    The Learning And Development Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-learning-development-podcast/id1466927523

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Kimo Kippen is a thought leader, speaker and advocate for life-long learning and talent development. A native of Hawaii, Kimo was Chief Learning Officer at Hilton, recognised by CLO Magazine as Chief Learning Officer of the year - 2015, and former VP of HR at Marriott International.



    You can follow and connect with Kimo via:

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

    Website: https://www.alohalearningadvisors.com/

    Email: aloha@pobox.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/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    Learning Game Design With Deborah Baird

    Learning Game Design With Deborah Baird

    Learning Games have been popular in L&D for a number of years but whilst the number of games designed and launched for organisational use has been significant, whether they’ve achieved what they’re designed for is another matter. So what does it take to design Learning Games that affect performance and results - and when is it most appropriate? We explore these questions and much more in this episode.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Learning games are still very basic, not user-centric, and not even considered to be game-centric. People seem to expect that the addition of leaderboards or the like are enough to create a lasting, impactful experience.
    Games must be designed around business objectives. We must clearly and initially identify the problem we need to solve before thinking about how to use games to get there.
    We must design for success. Why are we looking at learning, and what can we do to design true innovation into the learning experience we hope to offer?
    Games help with specific needs, and aid in a targeted way. For maximum effectiveness, they must be deployed en masse, and if no other type of learning will suit the audience and need.
    While many L&D budgets are low, it is simply not good enough to produce something lacking in quality and effectiveness. It must meet expectations. 

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘In learning game terms, we’re still in the Pong era’

    ‘It’s really hard to build a game that gets any kind of traction’

    ‘What does success look like? What is it that you want your learners to do differently?'

    ‘Games are not a silver bullet’

    ‘Game learning is incredibly effective if done well'

    VALUABLE RESOURC ES

    The Learning And Development Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-learning-development-podcast/id1466927523

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Deborah Baird is Learning Design Lead at Philip Morris International

    as well as a Game Learning Producer and Lecturer. A self-confessed game fanatic, Deborah combines her passion for Learning and Gaming to produce solutions that solve real business problems.



    You can follow and connect with Deborah via:

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

    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/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Performance-Focused, Data-Led And Campaign-Driven L&D With Brian Murphy

    Performance-Focused, Data-Led And Campaign-Driven L&D With Brian Murphy

    So many people talk about where L&D is going but who’s actually doing it? Brian Murphy is. 

    In this episode (recorded prior to lockdown), Brian explains his approach to L&D, how it focuses on - and seeks to address - performance, his "from courses to campaigns" approach and the journey he’s taken with his teams and organisations.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Thinking about the profession through a business lens, and being more marketing oriented, has allowed us to see the elements of L&D that require adjustment and upgrading.
    We cannot hope to implement the same strategic development across a business that stretches across many divisions. The culture of certain departments will be drastically different, and therefore require a unique approach.
    Informal learning is a huge part of how we learn and develop. We assimilate information far more effectively through exposure to others, and through experiences.
    We must seek to learn and understand the language of the people that we are trying to support, and what they are trying to do. Beginning from a place of data helps us to realise the critical points of failure.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’There’s never been a better time to be in L&D’

    ‘We want people to actually be ready, and what is it that you can do to help us?’

    ’Sometimes we mythologise our own abilities and products’

    ’The right answer is the right answer'

    VALUABLE RESOURC ES

    The Learning And Development Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-learning-development-podcast/id1466927523

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Brian is an experienced and award-winning L&D leader with a reputation for innovation and achieving results. As Head of Learning & Leadership at Citi, Brian achieved the Gold Award for Innovation In Learning from the LPI (2017) and the same standard for Best Use of Social & Collaborative Learning Technologies from Learning Technologies (2016). Now at AstraZeneca, Brian is Head of Learning Transformation.

     

    You can follow and connect with Brian via:

    Twitter: @bnmurphy14

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/murphybrian1

    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/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    Automation & Marketing Smarts For L&D With Mike Collins

    Automation & Marketing Smarts For L&D With Mike Collins

    Not many in L&D recognise the opportunity to automate L&D administration, compliance and entire digital learning journeys, saving enormous amounts of time as well as guiding employee performance. 

    But what does it take to get to this and how do L&D teams take advantage of this opportunity, especially during these tough times? We explore all this and more in this episode.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The most rewarding and satisfying results come from helping organisations get to a better place in terms of improvements in culture, performance and communication.
    There is a low expectation of what learning and development offers. It can be seen as a perk of sorts, which has led to a perceived “dumbing down” of the profession.
    Spend less time trying to work out what solutions there are out there, and more time understanding the performance problems in your organisation. 
    One of the main advantages provided by smart technology has been building user insights into any campaign, allowing us to move away from “content play” to a real dialogue.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘One of the biggest challenges for organisations is data’

    ‘It’s about predefining a route that you want people to take’

    ’Those conversations are what gets me out of bed in the morning'

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    New eBook: Digital Learning That Works Harder (So You Don't Have To) - https://www.looop.co/digital-learning-that-works-harder/

    The Learning And Development Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-learning-development-podcast/id1466927523

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Mike Collins is a pioneering and influential voice in L&D, having been Senior People Experience Specialist at River Island and in the Learning Transformation team at Direct Line.

    You can follow and connect with Mike via:

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

    Twitter: @Community_Mike

    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/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min
    Post-Lockdown People Development Strategy With Jilly Julian

    Post-Lockdown People Development Strategy With Jilly Julian

    As things have changed in recent months, Learning & Development Leaders have had to adapt too. Whereas before the People Development Strategy could have looked like an incremental build on the existing situation, it now has to speak to equipping people to adapt and perform in extraordinary circumstances. In this episode, Jilly Julian talks about this in the context of Legal Services.

     

    Jilly Julian Bio

    Jilly is Senior L&D Business Partner at Horwich Farrelly, having previously head People Development roles at MAG (Airports Group), The Co-operative Group, PZ Cussons and Capita.

     

    You can follow and connect with Jilly via:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jilly-julian-71024110/

    Twitter: @JillyTats

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    A Real L&D Transformation With Sean Cooper

    A Real L&D Transformation With Sean Cooper

    When Sean Cooper took over L&D at Jet2 he was given a blank sheet of paper to redesign it but to achieve real business outcomes. By believing that he could this with digital-first, rather than classroom-first, and by adopting a data-driven and Agile approach, he transformed L&D, achieving more than he thought he could - and was recognised by the industry. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The traditional form of eLearning is not engaging. Many are simply clicking through until they reach the end with the aim of taking the test so that they can tick a box. They are not truly learning this way.
    The aim is not to create a single bank of information that is irrelevant to many users. It should be an entirely bespoke resource that fits each worker and their unique journey through business.
    Not every form of learning has to be set in stone. By making small, incremental changes, even in terms of ease-of-access, we slowly change the face of learning and development for the user.
    By solving problems that are truly important to the organisation, it becomes important to stakeholders or the individuals we are seeking to influence.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’eLearning: that’s not learning to me’

    ‘You need to employ this quickly, otherwise you’ll lose what you’ve learned today’

    ‘Where I’ve now seen my passion is looking at the blend; the classroom and the digital’

    ‘By challenging whether you need to bring people together for the delivery, you create something that is so fit for purpose'

    VALUABLE RESOURC ES

    The Learning And Development Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-learning-development-podcast/id1466927523

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Sean is Learning Demand Design & Delivery Manager at Drax Group, having previously been L&D Manager at Jet2. He is a forward-thinking, outcome-focused L&D leader who uses data, experimentation, Agile principles and digital-first solutions to affect the way the work is done and desired results. In recognition of this, he and his team at Jet2 achieved the Silver Award at the Learning Tech Awards

    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/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min

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