Monday, October 19, 2020 / 08:00AM / Ayomide Oguntoye for WebTV / Header Image Credit: @ldni_nigeria
There is a clear need to champion the cause of continuous learning, encouraging organizations and the government to finance Learning & Development activities, for organizations, companies, ministries, departments and agencies. This was part of the key takeaways from the Champions of Talent Conference 2020 organized by the Learning and Development Network International (LDNI) which focused on the theme "Building New Pathways"
The President, LDNI Rev. Collins Edebiri in his welcome address said that times are evolving and it is necessary to keep up with the pace of learning and development.
"In times like these, it is what we know that will carry us through" he added. this gave birth to the theme of the conference.
Dr Oladimeji Alo, Non-Executive Director, ARM Life Plc in his goodwill message said that LDNI has championed new developments across the world. He acknowledged the fact that they have also been at the forefront of equipping people with digital tools critical to modern applications.
Speaking on digital learning, the Head of Learning and Development in Stanbic IBTC, Mr. Godwin Akpong, explained that digital learning is a technology that allows learners to choose what, how, when, and where to learn.
He said, "As learning professionals, we must stay close to new learning tools. we learn by doing and we take this mindset into the workplace".
Speaking further Akpong noted that Digital learning becomes effective when the learners are empowered to implement the knowledge acquired in their different professions.
Giving further insight he stressed that the process of digital learning also allows for networking. According to him, research has shown that 69% of employees regularly seek out new ways of completing work from co-workers. Beyond coworkers, employees learn from broad networks of peers.
Dr. Prebagaren Jayaraman, in his outlook on unlocking organizational learning, pointed out that it is necessary for organizations to fully optimize talents. He tasked organizations with giving priority to talent management.
He described organizational learning, as a system that facilitates steps to optimizing talents to achieve sustainable goals.
"Learning becomes meaningful when the result is transferred but unfortunately locked learning is the current reality in most organizations. The way out of this therefore will be to pay attention to every talent in the organization and optimize these talents for proper use" Jayaraman said.
On her part, Mrs. Adejoke Alli, the Chief Learning Officer at FIDSON Healthcare Plc called for leadership plans that align with talent and business.
She highlighted the following steps to take in achieving a successful leadership development plan in an organization;
In terms of leadership potentials, she identified interpersonal skills, creativity, innovation and pragmatism as critical skillsets that leaders must acquire and sustain if they are going to stay a the top of their businesses and professions.
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