Big Top Bridge has come and gone, but the insights shared by our great customers, partners and analysts are already helping to shape the future of our products.
For three days, learning professionals from all over the United States had the opportunity to hear from learning leaders like Josh Bersin, David Wentworth, and Dani Johnson. We heard about the future of work, the importance of the employee experience, and why a culture of learning is so vital to the success of your business.
Matt Lisonbee, the director of digital marketing for 4Life, held a fantastic session on how to scale learning and performance for a network that crosses international borders and includes thousands of independent distributors.
4Life offers supplements that are sold by independent distributors all over the world. Lisonbee said scaling that kind of training can seem daunting, but when best practices and a strong employee development software, like Bridge, is implemented it makes the heavy lifting a lot lighter.
Lisonbee suggests you set both company and individual goals, make sure they are aligned, and never forget the follow-up. He said managers and team leads following up with their distributors as well as with the corporate office is vital to success.
The Future is Bright
CLO Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Mike Prokopeak, hosted a panel discussion with leading industry analyst Josh Bersin, co-founder and principal analyst at RedThread Research Dani Johnson, lead adviser, technology, analytics and learning at Bersin by Deloitte Janet Clarey, vice president, learning research leader at Bersin by Deloitte Julie Hiipakka, and principal analyst at Brandon Hall Group David Wentworth.
These leading analysts were asked about the future of work and what they thought was overhyped in the industry as well as what was undervalued. Interestingly enough all agreed the answer for both could be artificial intelligence.
The analysts felt A.I. is being billed as something that is ready to use and capable of automating learning and training today. They warned not to believe everything you read about A.I., but they also said you shouldn’t be ignoring it.
The future is headed this direction and to ignore it would be a mistake, but cautioned to not rely to heavily on it just yet. Even with the growing trend of automation all the leaders agreed that the human touch in learning would never go away. Robots and computers will never be able to match the insights a good L&D or HR professional can give.
Create Immersive Experiences
On the last day of the conference Prokopeak hosted a Learning Leaders panel with Michelle Braden, the Global VP and CLO at Telus International, Lindsey Clayton, the Learning Experience and Support Lead at Caterpillar, Nate Thompson, the VP of Strategy and Innovation at OppenheimerFunds, and Dr. Thokozile Lewanika Mpupuni, Group Head of Leadership, Learning, and Talent at ABSA Group Limited.
These learning leaders all shared the learning challenges their organizations faced and how they tackled them. They also agreed that all of your learning and development needs to have one important factor: measurable R.O.I.
You can’t just push learning and hope or assume it works, you need to track the progress of employees, measure the impact it has, and continually improve your learning.
Thompson also said we need to start creating immersive learning experiences. He asked the crowd the most memorable and life changing learning experiences they have ever had and some of the answers included study abroad, teaching high school students and leadership summits. Thompson’s point is that the most powerful and resonating learning comes from immersive experiences. He suggests we start looking at our corporate learning programs and see how we can make them more immersive by blending mobile learning with hands-on experience.
There’s So Much More
This is just a small taste of the amazing sessions and networking we had while at Big Top Bridge and want to thank everyone who came and learned with us.
Get more information about Big Top Bridge and how to create a culture of learning with strong employee experiences by visiting our Learning Center.