Becoming influential as an L&D practitioner

Whilst carrying out the for my forthcoming book, Fear to Flow, I interviewed 231 L&D professionals around the world. People in L&D have a unique place in organisations. Because they are responsible for development often across an entire organisation, they tend to have a more objective and wider overview of the needs of an organisation than many other people.

However whilst I was interviewing these L&D professionals I also noticed something else. There is a distinct difference between three types of L&D functions and the people who deliver the service.



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It’s interesting to see the two traits that mark out ‘influential’ L&D professionals. They are: keeping up to date with trends and the latest thinking an turning this insight into practical solutions.


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