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Nigel Walpole Dear Santa, I work in L&D...

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities.

Christmas and the New Year is always a time for reflection – and it’s hard not to take a brief look back over the last 5 years to that time when it looked as if the economic disaster would create real problems for learning in the corporate world. Everywhere L&D budgets were being slashed and there was considerable uncertainty over careers.

But experience shows that ‘resourcefulness’ should be one of the competencies listed for every L&D professional. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention when it comes to learning.

So that necessity has given rise to eLearning, action learning sets, virtual learning platforms, blogs, social networks, gamification, mobile learning, blended learning, Pinterest – and really importantly the resolution and the enthusiasm to make it all work.

So let us look forward to the best of times.

Man Santa Hat SmallJust imagine that Santa will deliver for those us in L&D, what would be on our list:

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • A mechanism to put learning in the hands of the learners themselves
  • A way to engage with remote learners more effectively
  • Guaranteed application in the workplace with measurable results
  • Supportive line managers
  • Solutions that genuinely appeal to both Generation x and Baby Boomers
  • L&D on the Board agenda
  • Time & Resource to carry out BNA, TNA and evaluation

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year from everyone at Bray Leino Learning


Nigel Walpole, MD, Bray Leino Learning

In my series of blogs I’ll talk through my thoughts on some of the key issues facing managers in the workplace - lessons learnt, tips for success and general musings.

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