What skills do L&D teams need to succeed?

In Episode 12 of the Learning with Go1 podcast, we were joined by Vitality's Seb Tindall to discuss the skills L&D teams need to deliver high performing learning and development programmes in 2021 and beyond. Catch up on some of the highlights from the podcast here.
Mikaela Gladden, Content Writer

Shaping the future of L&D has been a hot topic of discussion at Go1. In light of this, we took the opportunity to dive deeper into the topic over on our Learning with Go1 podcast.

In Episode 12, Head of Learning & Development at Vitality, Seb Tindall joined Go1 co-hosts Craig Hamill and Nick Ramsay to discuss the skills L&D teams need to deliver high performing L&D programmes in 2021 and beyond.

🎧 Make sure you listen to hear Seb's thoughts on: 

  • Developing future ready skills 
  • Growing and retaining L&D professionals 
  • Technology for thriving L&D teams 

Here are some of our favourite highlights from the episode below.  

How is technology shaping the modern workforce? 

The increased adoption of digital ecosystems has forever changed the learning environment for L&D teams, as well as learners. This opens a new world of opportunities for L&D, especially when it comes to growing and retaining L&D teams. 

According to Seb, one of the key benefits of technology in the modern workforce is its power to provide a seamless integration from start to finish. This traceability is extremely valuable in helping L&D identify areas for improvement and enhance the delivery of L&D within their organisations.   

Are your team’s L&D skills still relevant? 

With the evolution of technology, organisations are starting to diverge in the way they operate. The skills that were once needed may not be as relevant anymore, and we’re seeing a shift of focus onto developing future ready skills so that L&D teams can stay up-to-date. 

For those L&D teams who have a long way to go towards maturity, who are just starting out – what skills should they focus on to add the greatest value?  

Adding value by getting closer to stakeholders 

Every organisation is different, and every L&D team is different. What may work for one team may be a disaster for another.  

Seb believes the best thing L&D can do is to take a step back and reflect: “Look at your team, look at your organisation, look at your culture, and think about what is the best fit in terms of obviously moving forward.” 

Building an L&D team in 2021 

Research suggests that the L&D profession has become one in which you need to be able to add value outside of your own expertise as well.  

With this knowledge, Seb provides insight into the approach Vitality has taken in building their own successful L&D team in 2021. 

Tips for shaping the future of L&D 

With the evolution of disruptive technologies, many organisations are now reimagining how they want to operate in the future. As Seb says, “If you're going to take a risk, now is probably the time to do it. A lot of businesses are going to double down and invest heavily in their people.”  

So when it comes to thinking about shaping the future of learning and development, we need to be ensuring that we're building effective L&D teams so that we've got the right skills, the right knowledge, and the right capabilities in order to support the broader organisation. Seb shares some advice on this below:

Seb and his team are certainly in the midst of an exciting journey and we loved hearing his thoughts and insights around reshaping the future of learning. If you haven't already, check out the full episode here.

We look forward to continuing the rest of the series with L&D professionals already scheduled to join us from Italy, Cyprus, Eqypt, Oman, Finland, The Netherlands, Australia, USA and many more. Stay tuned!

Want to hear more? Browse the full Learning with Go1 podcast library on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, or Spotify to help expand your knowledge of all things L&D. And hear how other organisations are navigating through this ever-evolving landscape. 

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