In this weeks L&D QuestionTime we hear from Stephanie Morgan Director of Learning Solutions at Bray Leino Learning.
In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?
I am not sure it is the biggest anxiety, but what I am seeing is L&D being really great at designing and delivering great learning solutions that work for mandated or pushed learning, but a gap in taking 70:20:10 on board, along with personalisation of learning and social learning. It is like L&D departments have a huge tanker and now need a flotilla of small boats, but are, naturally, overwhelmed about how to make that transition.
Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?
Charles Jennings and Jane Hart are really key for me, they make so much sense. But who really inspires me at the moment is Julian Stodd. I love the way he practices what he preaches about thinking out loud, that he recognises that equality is key for the future and the way he is able to state the obvious, which is only obvious now he has stated it!
What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?
I might be getting old but I don’t get excited about the latest innovation. Any innovation is only solving one thing, it might be one big thing but it is never going to be a panacea for all. Really great learning is about understanding the learners needs and the business needs and blending a solution, that might be some tried and tested methods as well as some of the latest technology
What “game changers” would you like to see and why?
Learning being more integrated into the business, with more ‘just in time’ solutions. I think L&D should be a critical friend to the business, someone who can observe and feedback and develop solutions that work right now. I know some businesses do that, but it is not widespread enough. There is still a case for programmes and initiatives but if L&D helped teams and departments to solve the problems they have right now, or even better point out problems that had not realised existed, and fix them right immediately, they would get more buy in for longer term plans.
What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2020?
I am hoping it will be driven more by the learners. By that I mean I want a world where individuals take responsibility for their own careers and futures and realise the value that L&D can bring them. More engaged learners who want to give high performance and demand the learning to enable them to achieve that
What advice would you give your 21 year old self?
Don’t wait. Don’t wait for permission, don’t wait until you have enough budget, don’t wait until you have enough time. If it is important and you believe in it, there is always something that can be done right now.
About Stephanie Stephanie has extensive experience in Learning and Development and is passionate about helping people thrive in an ever changing world! One particular passion is helping individuals progress their careers to board level. Stephanie believes that learning is at the core of becoming a great leader.
Connect with Stephanie on Twitter @
Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn
Connect with Stephanie on Google+