Listening to Bowie’s prompted the title of this post. On Changes, he says:
I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream of warm impermanence
Changes happen but they fail to grow and develop as they’re developed in an environment which doesn’t last. This lack of durable change was the point I intimated when I wrote a little while ago about 4 factors which impact on the ability of L&D to innovate. If you don’t want to click back, or can’t remember, it was the following four:
- Temporal – what we’ve done before
- Lateral – what others do
- Physical – the spaces we’ve built
- Hierarchical – the influencers on what we do
I was hoping that by raising these 4 factors I’d see some movement from people about challenging them.
Is anything changing yet? Simply put, I’m not seeing it.
Being aware of the 4 factors above is interesting, if only because it’s easy to place the excuses you hear.
I talk to people about their practice and hear reasons for not being radical across all of the 4 listed above. The temporal factor is frustrating me the most; I’m seeing examples and excuses all over the place for people not changing their practice because:
Where’s the evidence of someone doing it before?
And herein lies the problem with a lot of innovation within L&D – unless someone has done it before we don’t want to disrupt.
Disruptive innovation is described on Wikipedia as:
…an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology.
For me, the issue is whether L&D wants to disrupt its market or not? Regretfully, monetization of L&D exists at several points already; each element of the training cycle is a billable element for the L&D provider. Want a survey to establish needs? We recommend a bespoke designed solution. This needs to be delivered using this person/tool/ICT. How would like the results analysed?
As a result I receive dozens of emails daily from providers who are:
- offering up new ways to do old things
- adding mobile/social/gamify to old things
Have a look at Donald Taylor’s poll on learning trends in 2014. How many of these trends are disruptive or simply a new way to do an old thing?
Are you ready to disrupt? Is there a fear of disruption? Let me know in the comments.