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Skill Gaps

The future of work is now, and we’re not ready!

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There is no doubt that we’ve reached an inflection point.  Anyone who attended the ATD 2018 conference had “skill gaps” burned into their heads.

Both keynotes President Obama and Tara Deakin (TD Bank) said that we are at the crossroads of an unprecedented change in required skills.  Artificial intelligence and automation are creating a new revolution. CEOs have finally recognized that talent skill gaps may render them unable to compete.  So, there’s never a better time to assess the skill gaps in your organization (know how big the problem is) and measure progress over time. 

Which is why it’s not surprising that I had over 500 people attend my 2 sessions on competency models.

In addition to posting answers to competency model questions, I thought I’d post a few quotes that were highlighted in the conference.

McKinsey & Company:

  • “Artificial intelligence is poised to disrupt the workplace.  For workers of the future, the ability to adapt their skills to the changing needs of the workplace will be critical.  Lifelong learning must become the norm – and at the moment, the reality falls far short of the necessity.” 
  • According to Bob Kegan, Harvard Research Professor in Adult Learning & Professional Development, “It used to be, “I got my skills in my 20s; I can hang on until 60.” It’s not going to be like that anymore.  We’re going to live in an era of people finding their skills irrelevant at age 45, 40, 35.” 
  • According to Maria Flynn of Jobs for the Future, “In a country with such imperfect career navigation and lifelong-learning systems, plus the growth of the gig economy, we could end up worse off if we don’t start to change now.”

Do you agree?

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TD Magazine: Know the Gap

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Copyright ATD

Check out the new issue of @ATD's TD Magazine.

Read how to use competency models and assessments to know what skill gaps exist by Cheryl Lasse.  Learn how to get started, why it works, and do's and don'ts of skills assessments.

Or download the podcast.

 

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How can you use competency models to drive development of all generations?

In our experience, using competency models to drive intrinsic motivation to develop works with everyone of all generations.  If you look at the research, for example, Dan Pink’s research in DRIVE, it is a human characteristic to be motivated to mastery.  It’s why we work on our golf game or learn musical instruments for fun.  It’s why open source software and Wikipedia exist.

So once someone sees what they “should” be able to do, and they assess themselves against it and become aware of any gaps, young or old, they want to fix it.  It is a totally different dynamic when you want to fix something, versus when someone else wants you to do it.  Intrinsic motivation is the most effective and creates the best environment for learning transfer to occur.

The difference related to generations is about the patience they have in when that “fix” will occur.  Older generations tended to accept experience as one way to develop over time.  Younger generations want gaps to be closed immediately, and are driven to do whatever it takes to do it quickly.

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Webinar: Overcome learning and development disengagement with personalized learning

Join us for a free webinar on April 5, from 1 - 2pm U.S. ET, powered by InSync Training.  Register here.

Two daunting trends -- the increasing skills gap and the lack of employee engagement -- are affecting the perception of Learning & Development (L&D) in organizations. Employees, managers, and executives are becoming increasingly disengaged from the L&D department and its offerings. It's time to turn it around! See what happens when you connect competency models to skills and career development with personalized learning. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn: 

  • The three primary contributors to learning disengagement and why the existing approaches may make the problem worse
  • A new approach (that employees embrace!) to drive learning engagement
  • 3 steps to implement personalized learning in your organization

Register today!.

 

 

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Are Your Learners Engaged?

Two daunting trends -- the increasing skills gap and the lack of employee engagement -- are affecting the perception of Learning & Development (L&D) in organizations. Employees, managers, and executives are becoming increasingly disengaged from the L&D department and its offerings. It's time to turn it around! See what happens when you connect competency models to skills and career development with personalized learning. 

Join us for a free webinar from InSync Training on how to overcome the learning and development engagement problem.

WEBINAR:  April 5, from 1 - 2 pm US Eastern Time

You’ll learn: 

  • The three primary contributors to learning disengagement and why the existing approaches may make the problem worse
  • A new approach (that employees embrace!) to drive learning engagement
  • 3 steps to implement personalized learning in your organization

Register here!

 

 

 

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See how the SDLE helps Santa close the skill gaps in his shop

In case you missed it, see how SkillDirector's Self-Directed Learning Engine helps Santa close the skill gaps in his shop.  No more one-size-fits-all!  The elves get competency-based personalized learning.

 

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