The Next Frontier: Creating the SMART Learning Enterprise
Learning, a nice to have and talk about in the past, is now one of the most important processes in our businesses. Learning ensures that people’s capabilities match the work challenges, supports quick and fearless recognition of problems and opportunities, and fuels innovation. Learning is also part of what makes work engaging – and thus is vital for attracting and retaining talent. But learning mindsets, systems, structures, language, incentives and skills haven’t evolved with the changing world – a world facing even more dislocations and opportunities from big data, AI, and other technological and communication advances. We need to rethink what it means to be a learning enterprise – and how to get there.
Rethinking means: educating everyone about learning and the personal practices that optimize every formal and informal learning opportunity. It means ensuring that everyone in a position to help others learn is competent in that role. It means designing learning programs and apps in a way that unleashes the learner as a full and responsible partner in the process (this means much more than making learning engaging). It means embedding learning support into all team and business processes. It means seeing and supporting business transformation as a learning process. It means helping people co-evolve with the technologies we are creating.
In this ATD-DC session, Pat McLagan will introduce the SMART Learning 4.0 framework as a learning process upgrade that has implications for how people learn in informal and formal settings, for how people learn in teams and in coaching/helping relationships, and for how we design the organization and embed learning into its core business processes. She will encourage us to adopt a new learning paradigm focused on unleashing the LEARNER -- a paradigm that matches the great challenges of our times. And she will suggest ways to move forward on the journey to SMART.
The Author will have her book Unstoppable You: Adopt the new Learning 4.0 Mindset and Change Your Life available for sale after the presentation and available for book signing. ATD is the publisher and should be able to provide copies for sale.