Learning and Development – Strategic Partner or Training Center?

I’ve been invited by HRM Asia to help moderate a panel discussion for the “Learning & Development Congress” with Ginny Eckbald (MTEK team, Global Head of Production APAC L&D Manager, Murex), Joseph Raja (SEA and Emerging Markets L&D Lead, Talent Management & Diversity, Dell) and Maurice Ooi (Director, Commerce Leadership Institute Group HR, CIMB) on the topic “Adding Value as an Internal Consulting Unit – Running L&D as More Than a Training Centre”, happening on the 21 Jan 2015.

In preparing for the session we had very interesting discussion around what it means to be a strategic partner to the business.

In line with topic, where the L&D team should ideally assist C-Suite to interpret the business’ vision into actionable solutions and advise on the skills and knowledge that enhance the performance and productivity of the workforce, the panelist brought up very interesting case studies and examples on how they’ve managed to achieve this in the roles as a strategic L&D partner.

I’m looking forward to the panel discussion this Wednesday, and will not spoil the fun by “revealing” too much here! (At least for now!)

For those who’s joining us at the event, we look forward to seeing you for our session.

As for the rest who’s not able to join us in person, stay tune for my follow up article where I’ll attempt to capture and summarize all those sharing from the wonderful panel!

In meanwhile, you can participate by dropping off your comments/ questions below or tweeting it to @erickywong with the hashtag #HRMCongress

Would love to hear your thoughts on the following:

  • Changing the perception of the L&D division being an unnecessary and ineffective unit
  • Pushing L&D professionals out of their traditional “support unit” role to a more strategic role within the organization
  • Shaping learning and development beyond the simple process of input versus output mechanics

Stay tuned for more!

Eric Wong

Eric Wong is Head of Talent Acquisition & Development (APAC) at Polycom, and blogs about how video collaboration can benefit the HR function on Polycom’s “The View from APAC”. Connect with him on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter@ErickyWong.