This post contains a summary of research into learning and development, and performance improvement in April 2008. All work is that of the authors, and I have provided links to the original articles.
Learning to lead with a touch of creativity
In this article, the authors discuss the changing nature of leadership. “Traditionally, leaders were valued for their competence, but increasingly they need to be intellectual leaders too, providing the organisation with creativity and analytical strengths,” says the new Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development's (CIPD) chief executive Jackie Orme.
This article appears here on the People Management website.
E-learning stuck in the slow
The CIPD's 2008 learning and development survey revealed that when asked to list the top three most effective training practices, only 7% of 729 learning and development (L&D) managers included e-learning. E-learning is here to stay, but the findings show it still isn't fully appreciated by learners or training managers.
The authors argue further that in order to be effective, e-learning needs to be embedded in wider learning strategies.
The author of the article is Sue Weekes, and the article appears here on Personnel Today.
CIPD - Coaching in organisations
The CIPD have published their initial findings of research into coaching in the UK. The research was launched in April 2007 and will conclude in spring 2008 with the publication of the final research report. This initial report includes: the background to the research; the initial findings; some case studies; and some early conclusions about good practice.
The initial report can be found here.
Coaching: One size doesn’t fit all, new report confirms
Some commentary on the above report appears on Training Zone. The authors conclude that despite the majority of UK employers using coaching within their organisations, coaching to support business goals is still in the early stages, with wide variations in practice. As a result, learning and development practitioners can find it challenging to make judgements about how best to implement coaching within their organisations.
The commentary can be found here.
Where Will All the Talent Come From?
William D. Green, the chairman and CEO of Accenture, and Peter Cheese, the managing director responsible for the Accenture Talent & Organization Performance service line, argue that the war for talent has gone global. “New technologies are transforming the nature of work, the skills demanded, the manner in which work is sourced globally and the ways in which people collaborate to perform processes and innovate. All these trends are making talent an ever-more critical and complex issue.”
They point out that there are several key enterprise learning trends that are important to companies looking to develop and retain their people including:
- Integrating learning with knowledge management
- Using greater variety in learning delivery
- Aligning learning with the business
The article appears here on Accenture’s website.
Education is Vital to Competitiveness
William D. Green, writes in his blog that education is vital to global competitiveness. “The foundation of a competitive company is a competitive workforce … and education is the key enabler of a competitive workforce.”
He suggests that there are three principles underlying competitiveness in education:
- Access: - Providing access to educational opportunities
- Affordability: - Making education a reality by reducing financial barriers
- Accountability: Ensuring that what we are teaching is relevant and delivers good value for money.
Bill Green is the Chairman and CEO of Accenture. The article can be found here.