My session, entitled Capability management: opportunity, threat or hot air for L&D? will be on Friday 16th November at 15:30 in the UK, 9:30 am CST. There’s no charge.
I chose this topic because other speakers are more clearly focused on either the implementation detail or big overview of corporate learning and development (L&D).
But I chose it for another reason, too: the L&D community needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
My work straddles the L&D Community (the Learning Technologies Conference) and Human Capital / Capability management (InfoBasis). And while I see plenty of InfoBasis clients interested in improving the effectiveness of L&D programmes, I don’t see enough traffic the other way.
There’s great opportunity right now for L&D to use the current interest in Human Capital and Capability Management to improve what it does, and to play a strategic role in the organisation. After all, the L&D department is the place which has – or should have – the closest relationship with employees and their competencies.
With that relationship, it should be straightforward for L&D to produce a valuable data to help their employer organisations over some of the hurdles pinpointed in the recent IBM Human Capital Management survey.
But there’s another possibility, too.
L&D could allow itself to be so bogged down in the minutiae of delivery, and so excited by the delivery possibilities of the plethora of new technologies that it misses this opportunity. Someone else will end up doing it – possibly someone from operations, and they will probably have to learn a lot of things about competency and knowledge from scratch in so doing.
In other words, there’s a distinct chance that the L&D department could suffer the same fate as HR: demanding a strategic voice from the sidelines, while fiddling with the details of implementation.
Although the conference is free, registration is required. I hope to see you there.