On the way home… ASTD with Epsilon

Last week I spoke at a mini ASTD2012 ICE comeback conference for Epsilon. This blog outlines content and delivers references noted during the session..


To kick off the conference, I showed this small film montage (80 seconds) of the conference..

Before getting into my resume of the conference, I showed the results of my pre-conf survey on what my network expected from the ASTD2012 ICE…

..then I reminded everyone of what @fredericw told us in 2011 about transatlantic trends in learning + development.


I went to the ASTD2012 ICE to get information about 3 main things:

  • The future of the L+D profession
  • Creating engagement in today’s work environment
  • Current and future trends + what this means for learning


Here’s what I got from DAY ONE on the future of the L+D profession:


As Jim Collins said in his key-note, effective people have a “not-to-do-list” to help them think about where they should put their efforts. @innovativesarah Senior L+D Specialist from Google suggested the same thing for L+D professionals:

  • What can the learning population figure out for itself?
  • What should someone else be doing?
  • What should we just forget about?
  • How can L+D better work together with the rest of the organisation?


I shared some ideas about Infinite Learning and the 70:20:10 principle evoked by people like @charlesjennings and @C4LPT and discussed the idea that we should not think about either/or, but “and” (more on this in a future blog….). I also added that yes, “command + control” should exist next to “encourage + engage” because what we see with Blanchard and Hersey’s Situational Leadership model should be applied to L+D management as well… Its not because Generation Y likes self-learning that they can be left to do everything themselves! They might need some help…


DAY TWO was all about engagement for me…


First I shared some ideas from Kevin Cope on what L+D professionals should be focussing on.. Read the blogspot here or watch this short video introduction from Kevin at ASTD2012 ICE:


If you think in line of those 5 drivers, some specific investments definately make sense..


DAY THREE Future trends worth developing


According to Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, the automated “live to 100” super-structured big-data VUCA world means that people are going to need many new skills..



Personally, I did a lot of blogging and tweeting during ASTD2012 ICE. You can find many more resources from others on the ASTD2012 ICE collected back-channel resources page of @LnDDave or by following one of these links:


…now, go do some work!



Published by Dan Steer

For the last 17 years, I have been helping businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through delivery of tailor-made learning and development initiatives. Most of the time, I deliver training, coach individuals, facilitate brainstorming sessions, round-table meetings and workshops. As a consultant, I help my clients to promote and profit from the infinite learning opportunities within and without their own organisation, drawing on my L+D management experience, strategic approach and creativity, As a speaker, I inspire through story, humour and pertinent little bits of theory. I believe that the world would be a better place if people were happily working on their mission with competence and alignment to personal values. As a freelance worker since 2008, I have helped more than 11000 individuals to improve their presentation, communication, commercial, leadership and negotiation skills. I confront people with their own behaviour and convictions, facilitating and giving pertinent feedback and clear ideas on where to continue good work and improve. I seek to satisfy my clients with creative and to-the-point solutions… …and I make music, but no-one pays me much for it yet :-) First single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ShlY95X4E

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  1. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  2. Hi Closet Ideas

    Personally, I haven’t had any real troubles with these issues. But I don’t spend time looking for or following up on them either…

    When I put my content on my blog, I work with a simple (naive?) principle that people will share and recognise me for my work. When I mention other people, I reference them correctly and make an effort to note where I got my ideas from. I expect the same from others.

    As a self-employed person, even if I did see that others were “stealing” my work, I don’t think I’d put any effort into to following it up – I don’t want to put my energy into that. Although I did once tell a blogger that I found it unfair that she simply copy/pasted my text into her blog rather than link it to my site. But I’d never pursue with legal action…

    You could google the concept of “creative commons” which gives some guidelines on how to assert your rights as the author of the work… That might help

    Have a good day!
    Keep sharing 🙂

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