Recently a friend asked me about my profession as I changed my LinkedIn tagline to "Lean and Social Learning" expert. Apparently still many people active in L&D believe that their job is to "train" people in order to make them successful in their job. Do they not realize that when you train people the odds are big that they don't learn at all, moreover that they will not change the way they perform their jobs?
Recently I was asked for a keynote speech on social learning and a debate on the topic afterwards. Two questions where prominent and remained unanswered for me that evening. I will try to elaborate on those questions in this blog.
Organizations are always looking for ways to cut costs and improve their bottom line. Learning and development is one of the departments taking a large chunk of the resources and therefore under constant pressure to find more cost effective ways.