David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 4/12/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

A year ago I updated the opening copy for my weekly curation to highlight resources that can help us navigate the pandemic, as well as the usual resources that can help enhance our work as learning professionals. Who would have thought a year later we’d still be looking at our work through that dual-lens.

While there’s light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, its effects will last for some time after the pandemic ends. Each week’s curated resources will continue to focus on everyday knowledge and skills as well as resources focused on navigating the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic and its after-effects.

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

  • Important shifts that are needed to affect real change through DEI efforts
  • Questions to ask that can inform how you support remote workers in the future
  • A look at the real-world of being a designer
  • Important tips on how to avoid problems with stakeholders
  • How one person has harnessed the learning opportunity of the lockdown

5 Shifts in Perspective That Can Strengthen Your DEI Efforts by Jessica Jackson
Recent social injustices have placed a much-needed spotlight on improving diversity and inclusion in our organizations, and as a result, L&D is increasingly involved in supporting DEI efforts. This post by Jessica Jackson explores a number of critical shifts to our perspectives that are critical to our ability to truly affect long-lasting change through our DEI efforts.

What Is Your Organization’s Long-Term Remote Work Strategy? by Erin Makarius, Barbara Larson, and Susan Vroman
As our world slowly reopens, the question of how organizations will support remote work when offices are open is becoming one that needs to be answered. This post by Erin Makarius, Barbara Larson, and Susan Vroman looks at a series of questions that must be explored in order to determine what the future of remote work looks like. While some of these questions are very much in L&D’s space, I’d argue all of the questions will influence the future of training and development.

The harsh reality of being a designer (and how to deal with it) by Neil Turner
Instructional design, like many design roles, exist in the real world of work. This post by Neil Turner looks at a few realities of being a designer that instructional designers must learn to navigate.

10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Client Issues by Connie Malamed
The best way to solve a problem is often to avoid the problem in the first place. This post by Connie Malamed looks at a number of specific things you can do in your work that can help avoid problems with your stakeholders further down the line.

Lockdowns are for learning by Clive Shepherd
We’re over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a year of constraints and disruptions to how we traditionally live our daily lives. But these disruptions also create opportunity. This post by Clive Shepherd explores how he used the disruption of lockdown to scratch a long-ignored learning itch. As I read this post, I find myself reflecting on how I’ve found ways to harness the opportunities of the pandemic, and how I might continue to do so during the remaining time in which the world has in some ways slowed down.


The Learning Leaders Alliance community continues to grow, connecting learning leaders from around the globe who want to stay ahead of the curve and enabling aspiring leaders to build their skillsets.

Membership in the Alliance includes access to exclusive monthly digital events curated for today’s modern learning leader. Here’s just a few examples of what members have enjoyed so far this year:

  • A panel of Chief Learning Officers discussing how we support the entry into the new normal
  • A look at learning trends and how leaders can put them into practice
  • An informal discussion on what qualifies as a learning leader
  • An exploration of 5 pillars of learning leadership
  • A tactical look at the learning leader’s role in advancing diversity and inclusion
  • Research into what learning leadership looks like in 2021

In addition to monthly events, Alliance members also get free registration to the Learning Solutions Digital Experience in May, and our second Learning Leaders Online Forum in July. Join today to be a part of the community, and gain access to recordings from all the great gatherings that have already taken place in 2021.

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