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Brace for Impact — Why an Impact Model Must Be the Basis of Your Learning Design light bulbs in a row used as metaphor for impact model

Brace for Impact — Why an Impact Model Must Be the Basis of Your Learning Design

For learning programs to matter, they must make an impact. What does that mean? It means that learning must make a measurable, discernible difference to an organization. Measures of perception or opinion don’t reveal the difference. Hard data and metric changes do. That’s why choosing an impact measurement model is the best choice.

The Measurement Method Harming Our Profession, Part 2 happy learning professionals know measurement method matters

The Measurement Method Harming Our Profession, Part 2

My previous post explained how using surveys as the main measurement method for so long harmed our profession. With surveys, our goal became keeping learners happy rather than changing their behaviors. “Effective practice” devolved into anything that would improve survey scores. This reliance eroded the professionalism of our field.

The Measurement Method Harming Our Profession, Part 1 learning professional upset over choosing wrong measurement method

The Measurement Method Harming Our Profession, Part 1

I’ve written often about the value of the learning profession. I’ve described how measurement is essential to show our value. But recently I read an article that said measuring ROI was detrimental to the learning profession. I was immediately skeptical, but soon I understood the author’s point. His argument was that the real goal of […]

To Create Change In Your Organization, Do This First

I recently watched this video from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In it, Michael Nehoray, PhD, VP, Head of Global Learning and Organization Development at Mattel describes Mattel’s process for grooming leaders within the company. However, he mentions one thing rarely discussed in the professional learning and development field. He says, “You create change through a […]

Learning Measurement: Easy as 1-2-3 learning measurement can be as easy as 1-2-3

Learning Measurement: Easy as 1-2-3

Recently a colleague told me about a training conference she attended. She said there was a session on training ROI that was well attended. I asked her how the session went. She said it seemed like everyone wanted to understand learning measurement but there was no one in the group who could provide them clarity […]

Learning Professionals, Own Your Expertise own your expertise as an L&D professional

Learning Professionals, Own Your Expertise

“Expert skill or knowledge in a particular field.” That’s the definition of expertise. Many learning and development (L&D) practitioners landed in this profession because of their expertise. Companies often conscript people gifted in a certain area to become teachers and trainers of others. That mainly happens because learning programs are tied to a particular subject. […]

How Can Learning Professionals Earn A Seat At The Executive Table? Learning pros must earn a place at the executive table

How Can Learning Professionals Earn A Seat At The Executive Table?

Leaders sit at the executive table. They provide information valuable to running the business. They are the top minds in an organization. From their area of expertise, they create strategies. Those strategies improve outcomes and help the business reach its goals. Each comes from a different discipline—sales, marketing, engineering, and so on. From their realm […]

Has the Learning Role Become A Side Job? SMEs take on the learning role

Has the Learning Role Become A Side Job?

Does your organization employ full-time L&D professionals? I feel certain many of you answered no to that question. For many businesses, the learning role has become a side hustle rather than a full-time focus. I began thinking on this after reading The Future of Learning Careers in Chief Learning Office magazine. I wanted to touch […]

Secure Your Annual Budget with Smart Learning Program Measurement L and D team meeting about annual budget process

Secure Your Annual Budget with Smart Learning Program Measurement

Play office politics. Use (other people’s) data. Stroke egos. Cater to pet projects. This was the advice that I read recently in an article aimed at learning professionals trying to secure their annual budget. There were a couple helpful nuggets in the article, but it mostly focused on the political side of the budget process. […]