March 7, 2019
Learning Thursday #7: How Do You Encourage Innovation in Your L&D Team?
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March 7, 2019
Learning Thursday #7: How Do You Encourage Innovation in Your L&D Team?
Katrina Marie Baker works for Adobe as a Senior Learning Evangelist. Her independently operated consulting firm has advised organizations in aerospace, construction, healthcare, legal, retail, technology, and transportation. Katrina facilitates keynote sessions and master classes for learning professionals. She also maintains YouTube channel Learn Tech Collective. She has authored books LMS Success (2018), The LMS Selection Checklist (2018), and Corporate Training Tips & Tricks (2017). Katrina is a former Director of Technology with the Association for Talent Development. She has worked in people/project management and global training capacities for Fortune 500 retailer Whole Foods Market, and Global 100 law firms Cooley LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP. Previously, Katrina worked in music and video production for clients such as Disney Channel and Adult Swim.
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Learning Thursday is a blog series that features a new L&D article every other week along with discussion points.  Read and then share your own ideas by commenting below!  Check out the last Learning Thursday here.

How does your learning and development team approach new projects and courses?  Does your process encourage new ideas and teamwork?

This week’s video is an oldie but goodie.  ABC Nightline documented IDEO’s process of developing a new product.  The product team formulates new ideas, refines them, prototypes, and then continues to form their original ideas into a creative but practical final solution.  I’ve always enjoyed this video because it demonstrates the power of what the narrator refers to as constructive chaos.

  1. What specific practices in the video encourage new thinking and ideas?
  2. What specific practices ensure that creative ideas are eventually formed into practical solutions?
  3. How does your L&D team work together to develop innovative products?

 

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2019-03-10 10:26:27
2019-03-10 10:26:27

At our organization innovation was always on the back-burner. We work in a highly regulated industry with rules, regulations and more rules and regulations.  Because of this, nothing outside of PowerPoint was ever even considered.  When I started at the company I was in disbelief.  To foster innovation (which is a core part of my position) I had to take things slowly – introduce something new and get a few core people on board then use them to help me proselytize to more employees.  It’s been just over a year and through this slow process I have been able to show people how we can innovate and continue to stay within the “lines”.  Now I don’t have to try to innovate myself, I have a team of L&D professionals that are starting to take the reins and spread innovation themselves.

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