I am fortunate to be asked to speak at events regularly. These events range in size and are on a wide variety of topics from leadership and organizational change to learning and people development. Last Thursday, I spoke at the HR Trends event presented by the Talent Pool. My topic was Learning and Technology.
The first speaker, Javier Lozano, Chief Information Officer for the Calgary International Airport, covered the basics on this topic. He offered tremendous insight about leveraging social media, even demonstrating its reach by taking a photo of the group and tweeting it. Using the hashtag #HRTrendsYYC, he later reported that this photo had reached 34,000 people.
I took a different approach to this topic. Instead of espousing the virtues of technology, I engaged the audience in a discussion about how they recruit, how they train staff and how they might think differently about everything they are doing. Instead of a talk, my session evolved into something quite different. It challenged. It engaged. It resonated. And, really, isn’t that the goal of any effective learning?
After the session ended, I was approached by several organizations, all of whom wanted to learn more about using technology in HR to their advantage. Invariably, they wanted to discuss, engage and explore.
When we think about leveraging technology in learning, there are countless ways to be effective. However a quote from our CEO, Greg Surbey, really sums it up for me. “When you bring the world of learning into the world of technology– but don’t forget that you’re really in the world of learning – then that is the right formula.”
It is this formula that allows us to continue to be successful at ICOM. And, for me personally, it has always been about the learning first and the technology second.
Jared Tabler is the Vice President of People, Brand & Culture at ICOM Productions and an adjunct professor at MacEwan University