David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 1/18/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this week’s resources continue to have the dual focus of providing resources that can help us navigate this troubling time, while also giving us new ways to expand the view we have on the work we do as L&D professionals.

Here’s a summary of this week’s content:

  • Trends that will shape how organizations support diversity and inclusion in 2021
  • How to replace a story that’s holding you back with one that pushes you forward
  • How a theme park is enhancing user experiences by adding gaming elements
  • Tips that can help anyone with a job search in the context of COVID-19
  • A look at how 2020 may shape the future of talent development

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace — Trends for 2021 by Diane Greene
Diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly important to orgainzations, especially given the social causes that gained global attention in 2020. This post by Diane Greene examines some of the ways organizations can prioritize equality in their workplace culture.

Would You Give up the Stories You Tell in order to Move Forward? by Adam Weisblatt
One of the reasons stories can be a powerful force for learning is because of how much they stay with you. But what if the story you’re holding on to is holding you back? This post by Adam Weisblatt looks at how this can be the case, and what you can do to create a new, more positive story to replace it.

8 Ways Your Visit to Super Nintendo World Will be Gamified by Daniel Robson
Adding gaming elements to an experience can be a great way to enhance engagement and immersion. This post by Daniel Robson looks at a host of inspiring ways that the new Super Nintendo World theme park is adding gaming elements to deepen your experience when you visit the park.

Keys to a Successful Job Search in 2021 by Samantha Whitehorne
January is usually the peak month for job searching, and the continued economic and employment struggles caused by the pandemic only amplify that activity. If you or someone you care about is currently looking for their next role, this post by Samantha Whitehorne contains some valuable tips to consider as you explore jobs in the context of COVID-19.

How 2020 Will Shape the Talent Development Industry for the Next Decade by Karl Kapp
The year 2020 was full of unprecedented challenges whose impact will stay with us for years to come. This post by Karl Kapp reflects on some of what happened in 2020, and how it may affect the future of talent development.


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