This week we hear the views of Chris Prince Director of Learning & Development (International) at Citrix where he supports over 4,000+ employees.

In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?

Our ability to be relevant as a profession and capture the mind-set of business leaders. I don’t see this as an anxiety of such but more an opportunity where we need to be more business minded and agile in the way we operate and think. I have often considered L&D as more than just a team under the wing of HR but a single entity that can stand on it’s own two feet.

Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?

I have quite a pragmatic perspective of L&D and look towards content that might help either the team or business immediately. So 2 things which I’m currently using are the Career Roadmaps from the CIPD. It’s a great piece of work and helpful in those career and development conversations with your team.

The second piece of work which I’ve enjoyed and started to incorporate is the work from Ashridge Business School  ‘Enhancing the role and influence of the L&D Profession’ an excellent piece which gets to the heart of the issues for both L&D and OD teams.

What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?

It’s the young generation who are growing up with the latest technology and making it work for themselves. Employers have a wonderful opportunity to embrace this new generation for their ideas and innovation into their workplace in the coming years.

Having worked in tech for many years I’m always interested to see how learning and technology converge, I think the most innovative content is happening in the education sector at present. You only have to attend an event such as the BETT Fair to see how much buzz there is in this sector. The likes of Google, Microsoft know this and are pouring huge amounts of time and money into this sector, which is great as the next generation are benefiting from this investment. The flip side is that the workplace needs to be ready and willing to engage with this next generation of workers and their demands.

What “game changers” would you like to see and why?

Companies can differentiate themselves from the quality of leadership they have internally, those organisations which invest and develop the right leaders will be successful, no doubt about it! This TED talk from Simon Sinek sums it up nicely and revolves around the need for leaders to create the right atmosphere and culture for people and their customers.

What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2020?

Probably similar to how L&D is conducted in the US, much more specialised with unique skill sets. The generalist will be gone and will have more functional driven roles such as design, delivery, business partner, consultant etc.

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

Just go out in the world, learn about different cultures, explore our diversity, learn a new language and have fun.

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