Why L&D is your biggest talent attraction, capability and retention tool

Does your business understand the real value of its L&D function and do you realise how big an impact your learning offer has on the full talent lifecycle?

In my opinion, L&D has a pivotal role to play in the 3 areas of recruitment/attraction, enabling people to build their skills and behaviours, developing their capability to deliver on business goals and finally retention.

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Steal These Thoughts! Newsletter: Skills for the future, mentors everywhere and finding the right content

Check out the latest edition of my newsletter

This week I explore what could be the skills and behaviours we need to help people develop to prepare for the impact of disruptive technologies in the future world of work, why we have more then one way to find mentors and what we can do to help people find the right stuff.

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Facilitate not command and control

A common theme I find in my work of delivering large scale learning programmes and when I’ve delivered projects too, has been understanding the multiple elements to your role in the grand scheme of things.

I’ve come to appreciate that a large part of my role is to facilitate collaboration, creativity and delivery of the work. What it is not to do and it’s actually something that I’ve seen too many people do, is to command and control everything.

For a programme and project manager this is detrimental not only to the success of your project or programme, yet also to the engagement and respect you get from the people around you.

I like to apply this same principle in other areas of life too. I look to facilitate and be adept to change, not trying to control everything and command everyone to what I want/need.

I don’t believe you’ll find much success in work or life if you take an approach of control and command. Of course in some cases when the chips are down and people need leadership, you may need to take control of something to bring it back on course.

What is not necessary, is to look to command and control every little thing.

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The dangers of not moving forward and being true to yourself

I’ve had several conversations of late around change, the effect it can have on one’s life and why it’s an evolutionary necessity to reach your potential.

Many of these conversations have focused around the fear of change, the uncertainty it brings and the opportunity for failure or embarrassment if it all goes wrong.

It made me think about what embracing change, moving forward and why respecting this is part of life is so important in reaching new levels. You see if we always resist change, not only do we deny ourselves the opportunity to explore what could be, we also stop being true to ourselves.

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