Is your Learning and Development Strategy Future-Proof?
In today’s dynamic global economy, the ability to be agile and responsive to change is more important than ever before. No matter where we are today, our life is a work in progress. Our personal growth will always be a lifelong pursuit. In order to remain competitive and survive in the ever-changing marketplace today, we need to build a personal development plan in a structured way and measure the progress by setting deadline.
Identify opportunities for development
Stay up-to-date on the industry by finding statistics and data in trade journal or trade groups. Identify trends and opportunities, social networking services like LinkedIn and Twitter for networking with influential, well informed people. PEST is great for exploring the Political, Environmental, Socio-Cultural, and Technological factors that drive change. Using this approach brainstorm potential opportunities in each of these areas.
Prioritise and Modernise learning strategy
Modernise the approach to develop the skills needed to facilitate social and experiential learning. Engaging in forum and discussion boards also will lead to newer ideas and allow us to grow current trends and the knowledge behind new technologies to a new level. Harness the potential for learning innovation through technology.
Save time and accelerate progress
Advanced social technologies and interactive apps allow open source/peer authoring, gamification and experimental and crowd learning. We are typically self-directed learners, so making content available across multiple devices is essential to access it anytime. A great way to force the habit of constantly keeping up with the latest technologies and trends is to learn by teaching others.
Demonstrate value by providing evidence of progress
Demonstrate the technology in job by spotting unfulfilled needs in the projects. Invest in virtual meetings, allowing social and collaborative learning to support globally dispersed organisations. Initiate an internal knowledge sharing conference to address the application of new technologies to tune products in the competitive edges.
It’s absolutely essential to stay current in any field so that our place in the global market is secure. Always keeping our eyes and mind opened to quickly adapt and recognise the changes in technology, business, global markets and expectations as opportunities and not as threat to personal growth and development