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They Learn, You Win—The Skills Obsession Trap in Workplace Training

We sit down with Charles Jennings, managing director at Duntroon Consultants and a renowned expert in learning and development, to explore the complex relationship between skills development and organizational performance.

Charles discusses the nuances of building high-performing teams and organizations, challenging the conventional wisdom prioritizing skill accumulation and collaborative team dynamics. We also talk about the role of AI in reshaping learning strategies and the potential pitfalls if not aligned with a performance-centric mindset.

Listen as we discuss:

  • Charles emphasizes the limitation of focusing solely on skills acquisition, arguing for a more holistic approach that integrates skills within the broader context of team dynamics and organizational objectives.
  • The dialogue underscores the need for shifting from a traditional learning-centric approach to a performance-oriented mindset, advocating for learning strategies that directly contribute to tangible organizational improvements.
  • Charles predicts challenges in effectively integrating AI into learning and development, stressing the need for a paradigm shift in operational models beyond conventional content-centric methodologies.

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About the Host: David Wentworth
David is the VP, Learning & Talent Development Platform Evangelist at Schoox. He brings more than a decade of knowledge to the company, including a deep understanding of the workplace technology industry, with an emphasis on learning and development.