Learning and development (L&D) has gained recognition as an important business asset. From helping to reduce turnover to managing change initiatives across the organization, training is quickly becoming a competitive differentiator for companies. The organizations that reap the rewards will be ones that lean into training to close skills gaps and equip employees with the skills they need to be successful.

The role of L&D has evolved considerably over the past few years, with learning leaders gaining new tasks and responsibilities outside traditional training delivery. Learning leaders are no longer order-takers, delivering training upon request. They are now business partners, providing training programs strategically aligned to the goals of the business. They are nurturing employee growth and well-being and creating accessible learning opportunities for employees at all levels. In other words, learning leaders are busy!

With so many competing priorities, it can be difficult to determine where to even begin, especially when facing large-scale initiatives like creating a more inclusive company culture or increasing employee engagement. However, we need to be mindful that change does not happen overnight. Small efforts can lead to big impacts. Instead of focusing on the mountain that needs to be climbed, let’s focus on that first step and the step after that. These small steps can keep us motivated to achieve our long-term goals.

This edition of Training Industry Magazine includes a collection of articles with tangible tips and insights to help you maintain the momentum you need to achieve your training goals. This issue addresses topics such as leveraging adaptive learning to accelerate new growth, the power of self-directed learning, how to deliver a successful hybrid learning event, the rising importance of data literacy in organizational success and more. I hope you find some strategies that can help you create more impactful and meaningful learning experiences for your workforce.

It’s a busy and exciting time in the training industry. As we enter a new year, our editorial team is ready to help. We have a great lineup of content planned for the year, with thought leaders from around the world sharing their thoughts and ideas. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please reach out to our team and let us know what’s on your mind.

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