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Jul 13, 2020

John Helmer talks to Myles Runham, a well respected learning consultant who has held senior leadership roles at the BBC and, about the evolving role of L&D. Myles shares some evolving ideas about how the role should be reframed to reflect the changing realities of the digital age, moving from a focus on courses and projects to thinking like the manager of a natural ecosystem, where not everything can be tamed and controlled. This involves being hands-off in some areas and allowing elements of 'wildness' into the picture. The impact of Covid-19 is discussed, which has been beneficial in some respects, as well as potential blockers to overcome.
02:06 L&D as service management
05:42 L&D and the ecosystem
08:00 Relinquishing control
10:16 What's wrong with the current L&D role?
11:39 Managing stakeholder expectations
13:44 What new skills or hires might be needed?
15:49 The role of data
19:50 Examples 'in the wild'
25:04 Blockers
27:40 The opportunity offered by Covid
30:30 Rewilding L&D
36:35 Top tips for rewilding L&D
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