This week we hear the views of Glen Butler of Tesco who recently won the prestigious Learning Professional of the Year Award at the 2015 Learning Awards.
In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?
My current biggest anxiety is that L&D professionals are following where they should be leading. I see people trying to get L&D to fit in around other business plans whereas in my opinion we should be driving businesses and helping them make the right decisions. We have the knowledge and ability to influence throughout an organisation and I’d like to see us use it more.
Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?
The who for me most recently has been Brendon Burchard, in particular his book The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive. To me an important element of anyone’s development is understanding the factors which drive them to make lasting change. I look to include elements in training courses that relate to some of the chapters in the book including Challenge, Connection and Creative Expression as I believe these to be vital factors that will engage and influence delegates.
What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?
Personally I don’t see a lot of innovation in L&D as too often people just do what they’ve been taught by others and don’t stretch or challenge their own thinking and behaviour. I’d like to see us become more radical and drive massive changes in culture across organisations.
What “game changers” would you like to see and why?
I’d like to see L&D really get under the skin of businesses. Imagine everyone in an office going outside and doing 20 minutes of exercise and stretching followed by some informal networking before being allowed back to their desks. To me that would save thousands of emails and develop better relationships. Maybe switch off email for a day? That would be a massive game changer! But would we dare suggest it to senior management as a ‘development activity’?
What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2020?
I think the landscape won’t change too rapidly unless businesses are prepared to invest more heavily in technology. If we focus more on mobile apps rather than pc based elearning then I believe we’ll engage people more effectively. I think there will be a dramatic shift from pc’s and laptops to mobiles and tablets and we need to embrace this.
What advice would you give your 21 year old self?
Buy shares in Apple and Facebook! More seriously, my advice would be to learn about NLP. I completed my NLP practitioner course when I was in my early thirties and it really had an impact on me, helping me understand myself and the world around me. If I’d known about it when I was younger I’m sure I would have made some very different choices in life.
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