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Leadership ​​​Development

Our Profession: Where We've Been; Where We're Going

Speaker: Elaine Biech

As the title suggests, this session reviews the history of the T&D profession and makes a case for why you should care, what's important, and what's not. Depending upon your perspective, our profession is one of the most ancient or one of the most contemporary. Why should you care anyway? With all the gadgets, games, apps, tablets, and smartphones, who needs history? This session will deliver a smidgeon of history—just enough for you to understand why it's important to have that knowledge in your back pocket. It will also introduce the current trends that are shaping our profession. This webcast will help you think about the T&D profession's changing role and how you need to prepare. Ultimately, it will start you thinking about what the learners in your organization will need and how you can support them. As a bonus, this session will give you a peek into the upcoming ASTD publication, the ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training and Development, 2nd edition, the most comprehensive book ever written for the T&D profession. Objectives • State why understanding the foundation of the T&D profession is critical. • Explain the rationale for the oscillating organizational role. • List three trends that will affect our roles in T&D. • Predict how you can best support your organization's learners. Visit www.astdhandbook.org to pre-order the ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training and Development, 2nd edition.

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