I recently read a really interesting blog from David Wilkinson and wanted to share it with you.
While completing some research for a new book, David Wilkinson came to a realisation about L&D professionals. “There is a distinct difference between three types of L&D functions and the people who deliver the service”
So let’s have a look at the three types.
Type 1 – Classed as the administrators, people who don’t necessarily have a full understanding of learning processes, however have a great knowledge of the business needs and how to ensure people meet that need.
Type 2 – The delivery specialists, people who are told what to deliver and when, but do it with style.
Type 3 - The experts, these are the people who are sought out, they have authority and influence on the organisation and have a full understanding of the training cycle.
“as I developed a relationship with many of the people what I noticed was that the main differentiator had more to do with their thinking and knowledge and their ability to communicate and impact the thinking of others than organisational structure.”
David identified two things that distinguish L&D professionals, being up to date with latest thinking and research and having the ability to turn it into practical solutions for the organisations.
I’ve tried to identify myself into one of David’s types, and it really got me thinking, elements of both type 1 and type 2 descriptions resonate with me but if I to class myself as one, I think I’m in type 2. I believe this because as a Content Designer, I am given pages of content which I have to adapt and style in a way to ensure the trainee is engaged and enjoying themselves.
What type of L&D professional do you class yourself as? I would love to hear about your experiences, have you travelled through the different types? If so, when and how.
If you are interested in reading David’s blog and reading more into his three types of L&D functions click the link below.