We’re pleased to bring you a guest post by a Skillsoft Regional Account Executive, Sabrina Smith. Sabrina traditionally recaps Skillsoft Perspectives within her team—this year we’re sharing her point of view on the blog.
By Sabrina Smith, Regional Account Executive, Skillsoft
Greetings to those of you that attended Skillsoft Perspectives— and to those of you that did not!
As I sat on the plane ride home, reflecting on our week together, I jotted down a few highlights to share. It was interesting to me that many of the sessions shared the same key themes:
- This is the era of learner engagement.
- The business isn’t going to care about learning until learning cares about the business.
- Some measurement is better than no measurement.
- Don’t be afraid of failure; it’s how we learn.
My recap to you is a little tradition I like to call the Post-Perspectives Dénouement, sort of a “Perspectives-in-120-seconds.” My hope is to continue the conversation we started this week and that you’ll share with me your highlights as well….and for those of you unable to attend, this is my way of bringing Perspectives back home to you.
Measurement panel discussion
I loved this panel discussion! It was lively, rich with content, and had the “movie stars” of measurement thought leadership. The time for viewing L&D as a cost or an activity has passed. We need to view L&D as a business driver and not wait to be asked for results. Data is just numbers— it’s the metrics that matter. So if you’re not delivering the “So what?” to your executives, what do you need to do differently? Kieran’s rally cry to us was “this is no time to think,” but to act and act now, as some measurement is better than no measurement. Try and “get over being perfect,” as it’s not going to happen, and, after all, you learn from failure. Laurie Bassi shared with us “Let not the perfect become the enemy of the good.” We were urged by the panelists to stop using measurement as a defensive crouch but rather as a tool for continuous improvement, and to deliver this news with confidence.
keynote, broadcast live via the Skillsoft® Leadership
Development Channel™ and Skillsoft® Leadership Advantage™ (and now available in
its recorded format) was a
huge highlight for me. He shared his thoughts with us on the arrival of the “connection economy,” based on coordination, trust, permission and exchange of ideas. That it’s the experience we pay for now. And again a repeated theme of not being afraid of failure. We need to have a willingness to fall and skin our knees. Seth shared that really all innovation is failing and failing and failing until something works. Also, what resonated with me was Seth’s assertion that often urgent gets in the way of what’s important.
Professor Peter Cappelli
Professor Cappelli shared his thoughts on how to plan for talent needs and how to think about the fundamental choice between "making" talent from within, "buying" talent from the outside market, or "borrowing" it from staffing firms and other vendors. He also shared the more thoughtful approaches some organizations have adopted to develop people from within by nurturing a culture of continuous development and embedding learning opportunities in-line with work activities. Clear from his keynote, the real opportunity for talent management is all from within the walls of your organization.
In closing, I hope you were also able to take advantage of the tremendous networking opportunities! I left Orlando with a slightly larger circle of connections and business cards.
So, now what? Seth Godin talked about the crippling effect of inaction and urged us to decide before you go to bed at night which fork in the road you are going to take. To “dare to fly close to the sun.” Human capital is a top concern of your CEO today, and learning is at the heart of talent management transformation. How will you seize this opportunity and embrace your business impact responsibility? How will “learning transformed” look in your organization?
What will you start doing today? Stop doing today?