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Dealing with Tough Times October 10, 2008

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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With the recent dramatic changes in the US and global economies, it’s natural for many of us in the learning / training industry to start looking over our shoulders. As we know, training departments are too often seen as one of the first places where organizations can "trim the fat." It’s ironic, really; we generally see ourselves as the ones that can help the organization tighten up to run more efficiently and effectively, especially in times like these.

Harold Jarche wrote an excellent blog post yesterday called "Opportunities in difficult times." It’s definitely worth a read. Harold explains that there are opportunities out there in tough times, it just depends on how you look at things. We can go for simple solutions first. For example, we may reduce costs by traveling less (both on the side of the instructor and by the learners). We may also see a trend toward using existing tools in innovative ways to solve performance problems. With so many great (and often free) tools out there, we should be able to tackle most anything the business throws at us.

Harold says…

For professionals with skills in analysing business problems and finding methods and cost-effective technologies to address them, this is a time of opportunity.

I couldn’t agree more. This is a time to sharpen up on all of your skills, and be ready to solve new problems with your huge set of tools. Flexibility and agility will be of even greater value in the near future.

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