The second edition of the L&D League Annual Conference, which took place on the 5th of November, 2014, in Gurgaon, brought together the best minds from the L&D community along with 29 acclaimed speakers who shared their insights with the over 250 delegates.
Keynote speaker Roland Smith, Vice President – Asia Pacific, Managing Director, CCL Asia, kicked off the conference with the theme ‘Moving From The Virtual To A Cerebral Plane’ with an interesting session on the difference in learning needs and abilities as people grow in age and experience. He shared that 70 per cent of the learning occurs on job, while 20 per cent from the people one trusts and the remaining 10 per cent in classrooms. He said, “Learning is the ability to unlearn and learn again while storytelling is the ability of a leader to engage the learner.”
This was followed by a power-packed bistro session where the audience were divided into groups to discuss challenges in learning, solutions that worked and other innovative ideas that could be leveraged. Through the sessions, it emerged that one of the biggest challenges that most organizations face is making learning an organizational phenomenon rather than an L&D mandate and creating learner acceptability for learning. Some of the best learning practices that worked for organizations include bite-sized or short trainings on a weekly or a fortnightly basis and allowing people to choose their trainings based on their requirements. The groups then shared very innovative ideas such as nominating business managers as trainers; cross-border peer to peer learning; TNI for various learning styles; creating LVP (Learner Value Proposition) for business managers and learners; people should also have a LCV (Learning Curriculum Vitae) like a Curriculum Vitae; and introduce LGC (Learner Generated Content) trainings.
The second main keynote for the day was by Rajender Sud, Director & Head-New Initiatives, Max Life Insurance Company on the topic ‘Beating the Budget’. He said, “It is very important for us to first gauge where L&D fits in the overall company strategy.” Most organizations still do not consider learning as a part of business planning. L&D should also partner with recruitment to ensure learning capabilities for the people right from the start. Just before lunch, the delegates indulged in an online simulation exercise that got delegates in groups of 5-6 to compete on a business challenge. It was an electrifying finish to the first half of the conference.
The second half of the conference saw three experienced speakers—Anand Pillai, Senior Executive Vice President & CLO, Reliance Industries Ltd; Balaji Kumar, GM - HR (Head-Learning and Training), Cairn Energy India and Anu Oza, Principal, Innobridge—take the stage one by one to discuss new and disruptive innovations in learning. Pillai shared that organizations need to look at position centric succession planning vs. person centric planning. He explained the parameters that impact an employee’s development life cycle, how career engagement of people changes over time and how learning interventions can be customized to these stages.
Then there was yet another engaging talk show on the topic ‘The rise of the MOOCs - The Evolution’ which was moderated by Prashant Bhatnagar, Director, Sapient, and the discussion panel included Amit Aggrawal, Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President, Genpact; Namrata Gill, Senior General Manager - OD & Talent, Mahindra & Mahindra - Automotive Division; Naveen Narayanan, Global Head, TA, Mobility and L&D, HCL Technologies; and V. Krishnan, Executive Director- HR, Dabur.
The last set for the Annual Conference had the elevator’s pitch for the L&D Leadership League Awards where the 18 finalists presented to the jury and the delegates, followed by the winner announcements and the awards ceremony. We congratulate the winners of the 2014 L&D Leadership League Awards!