I couldn’t get to the first #LDLunch chat this week. It was a bit disappointing to miss it so I had a brief look through the feed and this tweet from the wonderful Alex Watson caught my eye:
I loved the idea of ‘naval’ gazing through the mis-spelling (It’s OK, Alex is fine with me pointing to it) in the tweet.
I thought of Lord Nelson at the battle of Copenhagen. If you don’t know, faced with overwhelming odds he is reputed to have been sent an instruction to withdraw his ships. He held his telescope to his non-seeing right eye and famously stated
I really do not see the signal
It’s a fanciful story about ignoring instructions which suggests Nelson didn’t take notice of an order (he had discretion to ignore it). How many L&D professionals do you know who, when tasked with supporting their business and asked to horizon scan the future of their function, hold the telescope to their bad eye and say
I see no value in MOOCs, 70:20:10, open badges, ESN, or the value of informal learning
Do they have the privilege to ignore the instruction? Are they looking for the right signals? Are we more concerned with our industry than the signals we get from our business?
Comments, as always, welcome.