What does the business want from Learning and Development

In this episode, Krystyna Gadd takes over the interview seat and talks to Janet Barr from Cap Gemini about what the business wants and needs from learning and development.

Janet Barr is the Technical Director for Capgemini but also an executive architect with over 25 years IT experience. She has a solid technical engineering background and has a key interest in problem solving, while using her business experience. She has been with Capgemini since 2000 … read more about Janet here

Krystyna Gadd is a leading authority on accelerated learning and its application in the UK. She has been training trainers since 2008, through CIPD professional programmes and her own workshops. She has published a book “50 ways to Accelerate Learning”, … read more about Krystyna here.

How learning and development can help to future-proof your organisation

Dr Nanette Miner believes that many companies risk going out of business within the next fifteen years because they have failed to train people to be leaders.

She works with organisations to help them plan for the long-term, investing in their people to build business acumen and thinking skills, so once they reach leadership positions, they are in a position to guide the organisation successfully.

In this podcast, I chat with Nanette about her thinking, the learning pathways she recommends and what sits behind her big scary claims.

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Nanette Miner is a leadership development and workplace learning strategy consultant. She is the founder of, and Managing Consultant for, The Training Doctor … read more about Nanette here.

Who’s afraid of SMART objectives? You don’t need to be

SMART objectives

I’ve never been a big fan of SMART objectives. I accept there is wisdom in the acronym, but I think the process tends to eclipse the most important things about performance objectives: they should provide clarity, challenge and motivation, and when delivered they should add value to the organisation.

I made this point in a previous podcast (The secrets of accelerated learning: what’s your objective? with Krystyna Gadd) and was contacted by Garry Platt who disagreed with some of what I said and wanted to mount a defence of SMART.

So that’s what this is … an extra podcast challenging some of the content of the previous one, with a screeching parrot in the background.

Here’s a link to Garry’s SMART objective descriptions.

Here’s a post I wrote a while ago on this topic: SMART objectives can be really DUMB.

Here is a link to Garry’s podcast on an alternative to SMART objectives for circumstances that don’t fit well with SMART.

 Garry Platt


Garry Platt is an experienced training consultant with more than 30 years experience in the business. He has worked with a number of international organisations helping them to enhance their approach to training and development … read more about Garry here.

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