Welcome to the June edition of TJ and I am delighted to be back in the editor’s chair.
Our thanks must go to Elizabeth Eyre who has moved to pastures new although not out of the L&D field – after all, we are a pretty charismatic bunch! Over Elizabeth’s five year tenure, the quality of editorial content has been excellent with plenty of in-depth features exploring the key trends, issues and practical skills needed by all those in the field of L&D.
The ethos of the magazine has always been in supporting the L&D practitioner develop and strengthen their skillset and of course, we intend to carry on in that vein. But I also see our role as one that challenges our community to think differently about how they offer learning and business solutions to their organisations.
I’ve been part of the TJ editorial team for nearly 14 years and the ways in which people are learning at work has changed remarkably. There has been a move away from transactional training events, where substantial L&D departments were simply order-takers for line managers who decided on the ‘training needs’ of their people, to a much leaner, challenging function that sees its role as a partner to the business and who sits squarely within the organisation acting as troubleshooter and problem-solver.
I am keen to get more stories from these business focused practitioners; those of you solving problems at the sharp end of the business. I want us to start talking about the areas of the business that impact on the bottom line and where L&D has made innovative and successful changes to the way people learn and improve performance.
Much of my time in recent years has been spent developing the TJ Awards and the journey has been inspiring. Each year the judges and I are amazed by the growing standard of entries and the commitment and intelligence L&D people show in the work they do every day – work that changes individual lives, builds business success and shapes our society. I am keen to hear from you – to find out your views on what’s happening in the field of workplace learning and to hear what problems you are facing and how you are solving them.
Next year TJ celebrates its 50th anniversary and I’m keen to get some inspiring stories and videos for the website and the magazine on the lead up to our half-century. If you have an opinion to voice or an idea to share please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling. I want to see more of your views as part of the challenging and comprehensive editorial for which TJ is so well known.
Debbie Carter, Editor
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