Insights from the Corporate Advisory Seminar on Agile Learning

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EFMD’s Special Interest Groups (SIG) are highly focused problem-driven learning groups that allow members of corporate learning organisations to mobilise the collective intelligence of the Learning & Development community to build solutions to common challenges.

Over the past 18 months, EFMD, in partnership with London Business School, has led an Agile Learning SIG to explore how learning embraces agile fundamentals.

Together with the SIG’s members, learning professionals from AB InBev, AIA, Bank Indonesia, EDF, Erste Bank Group, LafargeHolcim, NLMK, Repsol, Sberbank, Siemens, Steelcase and SwissRe, the group explored and debated questions such as: What skills and capabilities will become more important post-pandemic? How will we develop them differently? How will learning frameworks and operating models adapt to maintain an agile approach?

To mark the end of the SIG journey, on 9 July, the extended EFMD corporate network was invited to a half-day Corporate Advisory Seminar, to engage with the Agile Learning SIG which shared the culmination of its exploration, experimentation, research and findings in an online world café.

The event kicked off with London Business School, being the facilitator of this SIG, discussing how they had to re-invent executive education throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Following that, members of the SIG engaged participants in four consecutive break out sessions on the four focus areas listed in the below figure:

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Upon debriefing the breakout sessions, the Seminar concluded with a panel discussion on the future of learning and education. EFMD’s Martin Moehrle moderated a panel that included:

  • Nicolas Barea, VP Global Talent and Organisation at Unilever
  • Garrick Jones, Co-Founder of Ludicconsulting and Co-Author of The Curious Advantage
  • Kathleen O’Connor, Clinical Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Director of Executive Education at London Business School

The panel described the future of learning as more learner-centric, more inclusive, more self-directed, more collaborative and aiming at ongoingly keeping learners’ skill sets relevant in a super-dynamic environment. Participants were inspired to leave with a positive can-do spirit.

Visit our website to learn more about Special Interest Groups.