L&D QuestionTime – Craig Hamill

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In this weeks QuestionTime we hear the view and opinions of LPI Consultant Craig Hamill.

In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?

As the pace of technological change continues to grow and the need from different generations becomes more demanding, I believe that the biggest anxiety is keeping up with the latest trends whilst still being able to measure the effectiveness of learning solutions. There is often confusion for L&D professionals as the latest fad or exciting innovation is brought to the forefront, but by the time you blink the next latest thinking is already on the learning horizon.

Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?

Other than the typical leading figures in the industry, webinars, blogs and research papers, joining the LPI consultancy team has started to increase my thinking and build on my experiences and knowledge. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience across the consultancy team and this keeps things moving and current.

What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?

Established and growing learning communities that enable the real time sharing and exchange of knowledge for immediate growth of individuals. It still excites me that learning communities can be really powerful. They can provide ongoing support for continuous improvement as well as foster collaborative learning, though organisations really need to understand how to best use, to enhance the engagement of individuals and foster a learning culture, rather than invest in social tools and communities that do not drive business outcomes.

What “game changers” would you like to see and why?

Investment in learning, but this doesn’t just sit with an increase in L&D budgets, but also in the capability and capacity of L&D professionals, who need to rise to the challenge of being supportive of organisational growth, via a portfolio of learning solutions that engage a multitude of employees. L&D professionals need to take a more proactive approach and be taken more seriously as a strategic business partner, looked upon to assist in the future shaping of organisations. L&D professionals need to be trusted and given the time and opportunity to get stuck in and understand the organisation so learning solutions can add value, impact and benefit the bottom line.

What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2020?

More organisations adopting ‘adaptive learning’ as a methodology, by seeing the use of technology combined with individualised learning programs tailoring an individual’s learner journey. This will see organisations driven by employees who feel engaged and can learn at their own pace, with L&D professionals measuring the impact and effectiveness of L&D solutions and seeing a growth in real added value, to both individuals and their organisations.

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

Be confident, self-assured and focus on the areas of change where you can make a real difference; if you can’t help change the world of L&D then who will. Challenge the status quo by focusing on future possibilities and having the passion, drive and commitment to make organisations live and breathe L&D.

About Craig:

Craig is a creative, results focused learning manager of different training functions responsible for the curation and delivery of training to enhance personal effectiveness and management development skills and behaviours, as well as product training, distance learning and consultancy. Managing teams of trainers and responsible for maintaining the LPI Gold Accreditation standard. Consulting with teams on performance challenges, idea generation and transformation to help them work smarter, improve performance and productivity.

An LPI Consultant who is a TPMA assessor and a subject matter expert in the Trainer Performance Monitoring Assessment (TPMA) LPI framework; with assessment of circa 100 trainers. Also an LPI Assessor delivering assessors training to equip accredited learning organisations with the skills to undertake TPMA assessments in-house.

Specialities:
Learning Departments, Course Creation, Course Design, TPMA, Management Development, Train the Trainer, Competency Frameworks, Coaching, Behavioural Training, DiSC

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