I had no idea it had been so long since I wrote in this blog. When you’re busy, everything seems to have just happened yesterday. It has been a very full few months with lots on at work and home. Going back to uni, particularly to do a research degree, has been very challenging. Having a management role makes this even more difficult. The benefit, however, is the experience of being a learner again. I now firmly believe that you cannot be a truly effective learning and organisational development practitioner without putting yourself in the place of the learner and what better way to do that than to become a learner yourself?
It’s important to keep learning if you want to encourage others to learn. LOD practitioners who focus solely on “training” others probably won’t understand this but in my view we’re here to develop learners. That’s the goal of the LOD practitioner. If that means teaching them some skills along the way so that they can do their job, absolutely, but if you find that’s all you’re doing then you need to take a good hard look at what yourself. If we’re not helping people to develop as learners, then we’re not giving them the tools that they will need to succeed in such as rapidly changing world. The question is how to develop learning? Ah ha, that’s a challenge. Part of the reason I went back to uni – to find out the answer to this question!