The problems L&D is tackling—upskilling, agile workforces, mobility, workplace culture—aren’t small. They’re big and important, which is both a blessing and a curse. L&D has been seeking a “seat at the table” for years. They finally, undeniably, have one.

The question now is, do they have the skills they need to do something at that table?

To put it bluntly, most of them probably don’t. Our recent research on L&D skills indicates that even as L&D pros are being involved in strategy, workforce, and other key discussions, they recognize that they need stronger leadership, decision-making, and core business skills to be effective.

Two of the many interesting differences between L&D pros in high-performing organizations and those in other orgs:

  • A different focus on traditional core L&D skills. While most L&D pros are focusing on training delivery and content creation, those in high-performing organizations see skills like the ability to upskill, strong learning experience design, and needs analyses as crucial for the future.
  • A different focus on core business skills. L&D pros in high-performing organizations see creativity and innovation as much more important than their peers in other organizations.

On Thursday, June 23 at 1pm ET, we’re reviewing some of the other findings from this research. I’ll be joined by Linda Jingfang Cai, VP of Talent Development at LinkedIn. Together, we’ll discuss how L&D pros can prepare for the future—overcome some of the challenges they’re facing and build their skills to truly become leaders in their organizations. Register here.

Dani Johnson

Dani is Co-founder and Principal Analyst for RedThread Research. She has spent the majority of her career writing about, conducting research in, and consulting on human capital practices and technology. Her ideas can be found in publications such as Wall Street Journal, CLO Magazine, HR Magazine, and Employment Relations. Dani holds an MBA and an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from BYU.

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