The Four Responsibilities

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The Four Responsibilities

The learning professional has a responsibility to their client

As a learning professional I have a responsibility to my client to help them to achieve their goals for employee performance. Doing the best for my client will often mean suggesting a solution other than the one requested. Sometimes it will mean recommending something other than a learning intervention.

The learning professional has a responsibility to their learners

As a learning professional I have a responsibility to the learners who participate in any learning intervention that I conceive or facilitate. I want these learners to be inspired and grow in confidence. I want to help them achieve their own goals for personal development. I want to do them no harm, by boring them, overwhelming them, embarrassing them or peddling them untested remedies.

The learning professional has a responsibility to their peers

As a learning professional I have a responsibility to my fellow professionals to uphold the ethics and standards of my profession, and to do nothing that would damage our collective credibility. In the work that I carry out, I want to enhance the reputation of learning professionals as trusted consultants and skilled practitioners; as people who can be relied on to put the interests of their clients and their learners first.

The learning professional has a responsibility to themselves

Finally, as a learning professional, I have a responsibility to myself to make sure I am fully up-to-date with current best practice and evidence-based learning theory, that I am constantly reflecting upon and looking to improve my skills, and that I am conversant with the latest technologies that could enhance learning in terms of its effectiveness or efficiency.

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Would you like to know how professional you are? This short self-assessment questionnaire will help you identify what you're doing well - and where you can improve.

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Practise your skills

Once you're clear about what the four responsibilities are, why not check out your ability to apply them in practice? This short scenario covers a day in the life of a typical learning and development specialist - whether they're recognised as a true professional will depend on the choices you make.

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You can call it a book, a manifesto or a statement of intent, but we hope our short book will inspire you to assert your own status as a learning professional and to encourage your colleagues to do the same. You can download it now for free. Print copies are available in mono or colour (all revenues going to maintenance of this site).

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