Summary of 8 Skills for Learning and Development Professionals to Future Proof Your Career

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As experts in adapting to change, learning and development (L&D) professionals show the way to thrive in a constantly disrupted workplace. But too often, L&D remains mired in outdated paradigms – resulting in ineffectual, irrelevant learning experiences. In this passionate, informative article, blended learning expert Arun Pradhan, founder of Learn2Learn, takes the industry to task for failing to walk its talk – and then offers a wealth of brass-tacks lessons from engineers and poets, hackers and gamers, even from children. getAbstract recommends this article to dedicated L&D professionals.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the learning and development (L&D) industry needs to change,

  • What skills and approaches the L&D industry can adopt from other professions, and

  • What L&D professionals can learn from gamers, poets and children.


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Arun Pradhan is the creator of and has over 18 years’ experience in blended learning.



To thrive in today’s disruptive workplace – and help others do the same – learning and development (L&D) professionals must change. L&D needs to shift from “being ‘course factories’” to designing systems that nourish performance and generate “lasting behavioral change.” L&D professionals need to let go of event-centric paradigms and take up eight practices that embed learning and support in workflows: 

  1. “Empathize like a poet" -  Employ “design thinking” to ensure solutions offer...

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