Five predictions for global learning and development in 2018

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Written by Jon Kennard on 8 January 2018 in Press Zone
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This year, the five annual predictions for the global L&D sector from Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance follow the general view that technology will be a dominant force.

But it won’t all be about AI in 2018.

The FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance’s five predictions are:

  1. The return of the middle manager. While much focus has been placed on leadership skills and the ‘voice from the top’, the under-appreciated and often-maligned middle manager will come back in vogue and be recognised for an increasingly rare yet innate ability: managing other people.
  2. The death of authenticity. It is often said that, if you can fake authenticity, you’ve got it made. In 2018, many more managers will stop trying to ‘be themselves’. This will be a relief for staff who either did not like their line manager’s true nature or never believed the act in the first place. It will be replaced, hopefully, by a return to management basics – clear communication, constructive feedback and conflict resolution.
  3. Individual learning for career development. Experience-based, flexible, individualised learning –and the means to transfer knowledge easily into professional life – will become stronger features of learning and development programmes. Concepts of agility, disruption, digitalisation – while perhaps wearing thin through over-use – will continue to be part of the management lexicon and rationales for executive learning.
  4. Gen Z hype. In 2018, so-called Generation Z, born around the millennium, will start to enter the workplace. Conferences, research papers and thought leadership articles will be devoted to this new phenomenon. Despite the hype, they will say very little different from what was once said about Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers when they were young.
  5. Embracing machine learning. Despite a certain scepticism about the motives behind concepts like artificial intelligence (AI), greater acceptance of machine learning and a closer understanding of AI will help leaders manage their companies better in 2018. The AI ‘holy grail’ is strategic foresight: stronger insights into customer needs, better market-facing propositions, improved operations, improved management skills – all helping a company to get ahead of its competitors.

These predictions are also available at https://www.headspringexecutive.com/lnd-predictions-2018/

To see how accurate the FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance’s predictions for 2017 were, visit: https://www.headspringexecutive.com/insight-advice-2017/

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