For the past several months, I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with the tone of much of what I read lately, as it relates to learning and expectations of “us”. Meaning, those of us engaged in the crafting of solutions. Really. What is all of the pounding of fists and construction of personal soap boxes and platforms all about? Is this really the best position from which to make a case for change? I wonder…
Sure, there is plenty a learning professional could get disappointed about. Maybe even a little frustrated about. Because…
-IF learning professionals had been assessing needs with an eye to the budget and time to completion; and
-IF learning professionals had been listening, really listening, to key stakeholders and subject matter experts; and
-IF learning professionals had been using feedback to change, improve, and grow through the experience; and
-IF learning professionals had chosen to remain current on trends--whether in the media, advertising, technology, design—from which to draw inspiration from; and
-IF learning professionals had been crafting learning solutions with the learners at the center of it all; then
…none of this vast array of commentary—everything from credos to books to conferences and everything in between—would never have had to be developed. Alas, this isn’t the case.
But--we are in the learning profession. Aren’t we? To me, that means we’re not here to judge, box people about the ears, or brow beat them into doing things our way. Instead, we’re here to gently guide, coach, mentor, and lead them to learning new and better ways of doing things. That’s our job, isn’t it? If not, it may be time to re-examine the motivation behind what we (each) do.