In September's L&D Lowdown...


How to avoid the digital transformation struggle
Understanding digital mastery today

This substantial piece of research from Capgemini looks at how organisations are progressing with digital transformation. There are lots of takeaways for L&D professionals including the need to push the importance of developing digital skills right up the corporate agenda. The research suggests that collaboration using digital tools is still a dream for most employers.

Media: PDF
Reading time: 35 minutes

The older workforce is already a reality
Becoming an age-friendly employer
The Centre for Ageing Better
has produced this useful report on why being an age-friendly employer is good for business, the benefits and the five steps organisations can take to develop age-friendly working practices. We recommend using it to sense check your approach.

Media: PDF
Reading time: 30+ minutes

Do you have your finger on the pulse?
Pulse Report 2018: leadership development and executive education

The Pulse Report is based on a survey of more than 1,000 senior managers in Western Europe, the Middle East and Japan, carried out by the Financial Times and IE Business School. This video overview of the key findings highlights the importance of co-designing executive leadership programmes with the C-suite and CEO. Without their input, the chances are the programme may fail.

Media: Video
Watching time: 7 minutes

Work tips that work
14 Things I Believe: Updated for 2018
Bob Sutton is a Stanford Professor who has studied organisational behaviour for the last 30 years. In this article, Sutton offers what he calls ‘biased but mostly evidence-based opinions on management and life’. It’s a great list of tips on how to make organisations work more effectively.

Media: Article
Reading time: 6 minutes

The future is happy
Happiness is the metric of the future – but there are problems with how we measure it

Happiness is increasingly becoming an indicator of well-being. But defining and measuring it is difficult to do. This article from The Conversation looks at the challenges of mapping and measuring happiness. Understanding these challenges might help organisations in their approach to adopting happiness as a measure of well-being.

Media: Article
Reading time: 4 minutes


Who to follow on Twitter

This month we share some Twitter profiles that will keep you up-to-date with L&D news.

Training Journal @TrainingJournal
The longest running L&D media brand in the UK.

TrainingZone @TrainingZone
A large L&D community-based site that provides news, opinion and white papers on a wide range of L&D topics.

People Management @PeopleMgt
The official magazine of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, offering a mix of L&D and HR news and views.

Personnel Today @personneltoday
Similar to People Management, Personnel Today offers news and feature articles on L&D and HR.

Chief Learning Officer @CLOmedia 
A US-based website dedicated to workplace learning and development.

Events or conferences to check out

- 28 September - LnD Connect Bristol Unconference, Bristol
- 9 October - LnD Connect Sheffield Unconference, Sheffield
- 9 October - Mad World London Summit 2018, London
- 11 October - The Talent Gathering 2018, Edinburgh
- 16 to 17 October - World of Learning, NEC Birmingham

Something to watch

An animated working world of L&D
A Cognitive Whiteboard Animation

Dave Coplin provided the keynote speech at the LPI's recent Learning Live conference. This animated film covers some of the same topics. It also succinctly describes the working world that more and more L&D teams operate within. How does this world impact on what your team delivers?

Watching time: 9 minutes

That's all for this month! We hope you enjoyed reading L&D Lowdown.

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