Learning, Leadership and Talent: #TChat Preview

EDITOR’S NOTE: Want to read the RECAP of this week’s events? See The Business of Talent & That Old Black Magic: #TChat Recap

Yesterday, while gathering research and pondering my thoughts on trends for my latest Forbes.com post, “The New Rules of Leadership”, I was reminded that perhaps the single most critical success factor for individuals or organizations, leaders is the ability to learn.

When we make learning a cultural imperative, it can lead to a sustainable business advantage. Examples are all around us of companies that flourish because they embrace learning, adaptation and innovation as a way of life. < A culture.

It sounds simple enough in theory. But it’s not easy to accomplish — especially in today’s rapidly changing world of work, where a broad chasm continues to divide employers, educational institutions and the culture of your social communities.

We can no longer afford to ignore that chasm – or the key questions that follow:

  • Who is responsible for professional career development?
  • How do we get there from here?
  • And what other talent-related issues are driving the future of work?

That’s the focus of this week’s TalentCulture events.

#TChat Focus Topic: Learning as a Strategic Practice

We’ve invited one of the most highly recognized experts in enterprise talent, learning and performance to help us connect the dots. Josh Bersin is Founder and Principal at Bersin by Deloitte, the leading research and advisory firm focused on human capital management.

According to Bersin, 2013 is presenting multiple challenges for HR, talent and learning organizations. Research shows that companies are struggling to create a global leadership pipeline, to train leaders locally, to develop strategic mobility programs, and to deepen core technical skills across industries. In fact, the imbalance between supply and demand for skilled workers is expected to grow even more sharply this year.

So, in this environment, where and how can continuous learning make a difference?

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On Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30pmET, Josh will sit down with my #TChat Radio co-host, Kevin W. Grossman (@KevinWGrossman) and me, Meghan M. Biro (@MeghanMBiro), to discuss the latest issues and trends.

#TChat Twitter

And then we’ll continue that conversation with the entire TalentCulture community on Wednesday, March 20, at 7pmET, during our weekly #TChat Twitter forum.

Throughout the week, we’ll keep the discussion going on the #TChat Twitter stream and on our new LinkedIn Discussion Group. So please join us share your ideas and opinions!

#TChat Weekly Questions

Join us this week, as the TalentCulture community focuses on connecting the dots among talent, leadership and learning. Here are the questions we’ll cover:

Q1: Josh Bersin has written a lot about the global skills disparity. What can employers do to improve this? Employees?

Q2: What’s the difference between informal and formal learning? Why has there been such an emphasis on blended learning?

Q3: What’s right and wrong with most company succession plans today? And what about internal mobility for employees?

Q4: What is BigData in HR and how will it help to predict and implement strategic workforce changes?

Q5: Are we experiencing social recruiting technology fatigue? What are the emerging HR technologies and processes coming?

We hope you’ll come on over and bring your best ideas about how to leverage learning and human capital in today’s world of work. See you on the stream!

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