russiandollcroppedWhen it comes to talking about developing learning professionals we’re so focused on supporting others that we can overlook our own development. But according to leading commentators like Charles Jennings, a new skill set is required for learning practitioners to meet the needs of a modern workforce. So how can we best support ourselves to keep evolving? Learning professionals came up with these tips at the #Why702010 event.


  • If we’re going to become ‘learning detectives’ then we need to understand what drives our organisations and become real business partners. Learning professionals in more junior roles may find this a challenge – can more senior practitioners facilitate this?
  • Give everyone – yourself included – permission to learn from projects and experiences. As Charles Jennings puts it: Can you afford NOT to reflect?
  • Remember that context is vital – what works in one organisation may not in another.
  • Ask yourself these simple questions: What are your barriers to change? What are the possible solutions?
  • Bring a curious, critical and open mind to work – keep asking questions.


  • Get HR & L&D together to break down barriers and become true business partners, working together as a team.
  • Steal ideas from journalism, broadcasting and modern marketing. Learning professionals can learn a lot about writing headlines, curation and capturing people’s attention from other professions.
  • Practice new skills in a safe environment e.g. using social media tools amongst your own team first before you roll them out.
  • Equip yourselves with new technology tools – and use them!
  • Develop performance consultancy skills – have a look at Nigel Harrison’s work for inspiration.

Further resources