Is your organisation future ready? My pick of articles from September & October 2016

head-1556567_640Due to a number of reasons, I didn’t do a monthly round-up of my favourite blog posts and articles in October, so this one covers both September and October. Here are 5 articles that reflect my own thinking and work.

1 – There’s a movement afoot for CLOs to step away from tactics and focus on culture, Dan Pontefract, CLO Magazine, 5 September

“Learning and development departments seem to think their customers are the top executives of the company. Instead of playing offense they play defense. Instead of crafting a future that ensures both the skills development for all of its employees and a healthier, more engaged organization itself, they satisfy those orders, issue reports on the attendance, and generally fail to demonstrate a more thoughtful level of long-term leadership.”

2 – The Shift from Efficiency to Learning Means an Opportunity for L&D, Dennis Callahan, 5 September 2016

“How fast you adapt is increasingly becoming more important than how efficient you are. Most organizations are set up from a time when they sought “the one best way and trained accordingly”. We are shifting to a time when most of the work people are performing is non-routine (all job growth since 2001 has been in non-routine work). For this type of work, there is no “one best way” to figure out so that you can train people to perform these tasks. If there is “one best way”, it’s being performed by smart machines. Organizations are moving from scalable efficiencies to scalable learning to thrive. Employee learning is becoming more important than employee efficiency.”

3 – The Solution to the Skills Gap Could Already Be Inside Your Company, Eben Harrell, HBR, 27 September 2016

“We all need to be cognizant that the systemic, industrial-age corporate ladder approach to career development has given way to a digital-age corporate “lattice” with multidirectional career paths—and all the responsibilities that go along with it. There’s only one CEO of each of our careers—ourselves. And, as CEO, each one of us is responsible for playing an active role in ensuring the relevance of our skills and the continued cultivation of our careers.”

4 – Why there’s no such things as a skills gap, Marina Gorbis, GE Report. 30 September 2016

What is the “skills gap?” The prevailing hope is that teaching more skills will address income inequality and flat wages. Unfortunately, specific training programs may miss the mark on what are actually the most useful skills, argues Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future.

“When employers say there’s a skills gap, what they’re often really saying is they can’t find workers willing to work for the pay they’re willing to pay”

5 – The Crucial Entrepreneurial Skills Your Kids Aren’t Learning In School, 29 October 2016

“Ultimately, learning how to learn is the only safeguard for people growing up in an era of rapid change. Technological skills aren’t.

6 – In a knowledge economy corporate learning is necessary to survive, Karl Mehta, Techcrunch, 30 October 2016

“The future of the corporate workforce lies in building a knowledge network. This kind of learning reflects our already mobile, changeable world. It recognizes that people today learn as much from their peers online and in person as they do from books and seminars. It creates a culture of knowledge-sharing that develops these tech-savvy learners to their full potential.”