I was honored to represent the Austin ATD Chapter at the 4th Annual Corporate Learning Week in Dallas, TX on November 8th – 9th 2016. The conference brought 250+ CLO and director-level participants together with industry thought leaders to explore emerging technologies, best practices and next practices in corporate learning. It was most certainly one of the best designed conferences I have attended, filled with keynotes, multi-track presentations, roundtable discussions, a demonstration drive in the vendor hall, lunch n learns, and plenty of networking opportunities.
It is impossible to share with you here all I learned from the many presentations and deep conversations with participants and vendors, so below are just a few highlights:
Exciting New Technologies: The vendor arena was heavy on emerging technologies to support different types of learning and measure training impact. I was most impressed with forMetris. Their SaaS and cloud-based platform integrates seamlessly with the learner’s experience, measures 360 training impact, produces user-friendly data visualization reports and even has a robust self-coaching tool to support post-event learning transfer. Mursion also caught my eye due to their live virtual reality simulation platform. This is a breakthrough in complex interpersonal skills training for leadership development, diversity and inclusion, sales enablement and customer service.
CLO Trends & Fears: CLO panelists from Discover Financial Services, Rackspace Hosting, Athena Health, Ericsson and DAU openly shared their insights in ‘The CLO’s Role in Accelerating Organizational Development’ Keynote Panel discussion.
What is the future of talent development?
What is your biggest fear/challenge?
Human Performance Factors: In addition to all the buzz around data strategies, technology-enabled learning, content curation and learning eco-systems, I was pleased to see several presentations address the human side of learning. Dr. Josh Davis, Director of Research at the Neuroleadership Institute (https://neuroleadership.com), spoke on how to use brain science to make learning stick more effectively. Jeremy Hunter, Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management (http://drucker.cgu.edu/affiliates/executive-mind-leadership-institute/), presented why the quality of attention is fundamental to learning and the cost of distraction. He advises adopting practices to enhance attention quality such as: using eastern mind-training techniques to develop one’s ability to focus, scheduling dedicated focus-time, making cave-like rooms available in open environments and implementing device-free meeting policies.
For more information, visit the Corporate Learning Week site at https://www.clnweek.com. Follow the Presentations link for slides from the 2014 and 2015 conferences; slides from the 2016 are yet to be posted.
If you have any questions or want to hear more about what I learned from the conference, you are welcome to contact me at Synthia@themitragroup.com.
Synthia Smith is an executive & corporate coach, change consultant, ILT facilitator and design partner. With a 20+ year history in talent and organizational development, she supports leaders who want to create high performance projects and organizations where exceptional work gets done and people thrive. Visit www.themitragroup.com for more information.