If anyone is counting, 2014 marks 15 years of my involvement in the Learning & Development field.
And I’m tired.
Don’t get me wrong, I am more passionate about adult learning than ever, but I am tired.
At first glance, one might think this is because I’m in perpetual motion. I’m a mom with a 12-year old and a 17-year old who are both in multiple sports and activities (and eat and make messes and want me to buy them things). I work. I’m on my local ASTD board. I write this blog and guest blog quite a bit. I consult and facilitate and coach and mentor and build learning content for phase(two)learning.
Sure, it wears me out. But that’s not why I’m tired.
I’m tired of wordy PowerPoint slides. I’m tired of mammoth, bad-photocopy training binders. I’m tired of people seeing training as a punishment. I’m tired of reactive thinking and “your lack of planning constitutes an emergency on my part”. I’m tired of companies blocking social media access because it’s not seen as a valid learning tool. I’m tired of Learning being perceived as a policy-driven, rule-enforcing part of Human Resources. I’m tired of hearing “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”
I’m tired. And I’m tired of seeing so many of my fellow L&D friends tired of these things, too.
In my last post, I suggested a New Year Revolution. What are you revolting against in 2014? How are you making Learning a value-rich commodity in your organization? How are you being an agent of change? Vent. Let it out in the comments below. Tell us.
What is making you tired, friends?