workplace learning professions’ role in change

19 02 2005

godfrey parkin has an excellent post regarding change agentry in learning. in his post he provides a good list of things learning professionals should consider doing to prepare themselves for the changes that will reshape our field.

there is one further suggestion i’d add to the list. where ever possible look into spending a year or two elsewhere in the company. get out of the world of 8 month development cycles and into your business’s business. with more and more companies embracing spider-web career paths(moving around the company rather than straight up one functional area), this will be easier to do than in the past.

when you return to the learning and development group, you have a better appreciation of what your colleagues need and how best to deliver it to them.


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