Are you using old tools?

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I was at a meeting of other public sector L&D professionals the other day and couldn’t find anyone who has a personal blog.  It’s been on my radar for a while – do you know any L&D people in local government who blog?  Some of the attendees blog as part of their role, creating pieces with organisational news once a month, but personal blogs?  Nil, nada, none.  There’s a ton of reasons why – the biggest may be that it’s ‘not the done thing’ .

Seth Godin said something that really resonated with me the other day:

When everyone has access to the same tools, then having a tool isn’t much of an advantage…Time for a new advantage. It might be your network, the connections that trust you. And it might be your expertise. But most of all, I’m betting it’s your attitude.

If you are one of the group above I met then please don’t assume that I’m suggesting it’s your attitude that stops you.

If you work in L&D, you need to think about how you may be relying on your expertise to retain your success. There are too many tools that people can use now that will chip away at the value of your expertise.

If you rely on your presentation skills and you’ll be overcome by new AR tools.  Rely on your facilitation skills and you’ll be overtaken by those in L&D who understand the creation of learning architecture.  Rely on your content design skills and those who understand making context and content available will reign.

If you work in L&D then there are 2 things you must do in the next few months:

The result?  You’ll develop your networks, create trust with these new and existing connections, and make yourself a ‘go to’ person.

Comments, as always, welcome (especially if you know another L&D local government person who blogs.)

4 responses to “Are you using old tools?

  1. You’ve reminded me that I started blogging more partly so I could become familiar with various blogging tools, and then be able to advise others better on what would suit their purposes best.


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