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Current Trends In L&D With Lloyd Dean

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Where is L&D going? Ask vendors and they will tell you it’s heading in the direction of their product. Ask a seasoned L&D professional with a keen eye on the future of work and you get a balanced and nuanced view of the factors affecting our profession and its practitioners. In this episode, Lloyd Dean shares his experience, his view of the profession and practical steps forward.



  • Virtual reality is a highly effective tool. Lloyd explains how using it at a nuclear power station generated an ROI of £200,000.
  • Curiosity is a key pillar of learning.
  • Chatting with people from all areas of the business, including casual chats, is a fantastic way to better understand each area of the business.
  • Improving your data analysis is a fast way to become more effective.
  • Apply established approaches that are working elsewhere to your L&D.
  • Agile is becoming increasingly popular. Why is it discussed in the podcast?
  • Gauging the readiness to change makes it easier to adopt a bespoke strategy that will make it easier to overcome resistance.
  • You must believe in the projects you are leading.
  • Be genuinely open-minded when it comes to interpreting the data and holding a mirror up to the business.



'You have to be curious and not too far away from what's going on with the business.'

'Ask what´s the golden thread of what we do for you.'

'Reflecting on your why in L&D is important.'

'Where it goes well, senior stakeholders really articulate the vision and the why.'



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Lloyd Dean Bio

Lloyd is Principal Consultant at PA Consulting and former Head of Digital and Innovative Learning at EDF Energy. With more than a decade in the L&D profession, Lloyd’s focus is on the future of work and helping to modernise L&D functions.



David James 

David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

As well as being the Chief Learning Officer at 360Learning, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D. 



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