Quick post this week due to a well deserved vacation to the Jersey shore with my family. While walking the beach with my son, I found myself picking up some small pieces of garbage out of habit. It got me thinking about something a friend of mine passed on to me while teaching me how to fly fish. "Leave it better than you found it". In a nutshell, while you are out enjoying nature do what you can to clean up after those who have come before you.
I started thinking about how this saying applies to different aspects of my life. In the context of this blog, it touches on how I've left the various companies, roles, projects, and teams throughout my career. How have I left them better than I found them?
Some examples would be implementing Kirkpatrick's methodology for evaluating projects, creating highly rated tutorials and courses for an educational university site, successfully onboarding a new Instructional Designer, running a learning hackathon, or helping to build and support a great team of learning professionals.
Even though I was on vacation I couldn't resist checking my feeds and it was a great two weeks for articles and posts shared in the Talent Development field. If you are looking for ideas on how you can add lasting value to your organization, read on!
A few years ago I was given some feedback that I really took to heart. I was told that If I wanted
to influence change and affect or set strategy within the organization that I would need to be seen as a thought leader. At first I wasn't sure what to make of that feedback. My immediate thought was something akin to "Great, now I have to become the next Josh Bersin or Richard Branson if I want to make a real impact".
Steppping out of my fixed mindset, I did a little research to see what being a thought leader was all about. What I found is that it's not just about popularity or fame, there's much more to it than that.
"Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success." Denise Brosseau of Thought Leadership Lab
The first step in becoming a thought leader is to be informed about what's going on in the learning industry. To that end, I've compiled a list of five free reports on industry trends from 2017 to 19.
Free industry reports:
The following repots can be accessed either directly or by submitting your information to the website first. A small price to pay for access to some great information. I've included a one or two sentence summary about each and one key take away to help you determine if you're interested in learning more.
Combining the insights from the above reports along with your expertise and knowledge should allow you to form some thoughts on how you can enhance your learning organization. Use this as base from which you can generate innovative ideas to solve the challenges faced by your company.
Additional industry reports for purchase
If you are interested in doing some more research you can access additional reports from the following organizations.
What am I missing?
Please share the sites and research, for purchase and free, that you use to learn about the latest trends in the learning industry.
Engaging people leader and accomplished Instructional Designer with over 14 years of experience creating effective learning solutions and building innovative learning teams.
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