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Assessing my Skills Using the LPI L&D Capability Map

The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) is a global professional association for learning and development (L&D) professionals.  In 2012 they created the LPI L&D Capability Map to provide a global view of the skills needed to deliver modern workplace L&D.

Earlier this year I led a project to refresh the LPI Capability Map.  (Yes, I need to post about that fabulous experience!)  The updated Capability Map was launched in early October 2018.  It contains 25 skills across 5 categories as per the image below.

I’m now preparing to facilitate my first team capability assessment using the updated Map.  It’s a good opportunity to work closely with the LPI to fine-tune the team assessment process.  As part of my preparation I completed my self-assessment against the Capability Map today.  Anyone can do a self-assessment free of charge by going to this link.  There is a fee for the team assessment.

What I saw in my self-assessment

It took me 30 minutes to complete the self-assessment.  Recommend you allow 45 minutes.  

My self-assessment confirmed my gut feel for my key strengths – in the Strategy & Operations  and Support Continuous Learning categories.  It also validated my high priority gaps.  I got value from self-assessing as it clarified my ‘gut feel’ and helped prioritise skills to be developed in next 6 months.

L&D skills have expanded in recent years.  It’s no wonder that L&D ‘teams of one’ struggle to provide a full, modern learning service in their organisation.  Similarly, as an individual I can be selective about which of the gaps in my skill set are important for me to fill and where I will source skills from elsewhere to supplement my own when necessary.

Next Steps – My Development

I’ve downloaded my personal competency profile from the assessment platform. My next step is to create a simple development plan. Two key priorities for me are Marketing and Communications and Data Analytics.

I’ll use resources on Marketing shared by Shannon Tipton on her Learning Rebels website. I am already learning a lot about Marketing working with Karen Moloney on the Learning Uncut podcast.

For Data Analytics Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP is good to follow. I’ll find a short online introductory Data Analytics course and do the next 1-day Data Analytics for Learning Professionals course offered by the Australian Institute of Training and Development.  I will also will start doing more with data analytics on current projects – applying skills immediately to consolidate them.

When you’ve done the assessment I’d love to hear what you got out of it.  You can share below or post on LinkedIn or Twitter and ping me.

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What I Learned This Month – August 2018

Using Personas in My Work

I’ve noticed that I’m using personas, especially the empathy mapping component, more frequently and fluidly in my work.  I posted a daily dispatch about this in late August.  I often share this introduction to empathy mapping with others if they are curious or I want to use the tool with them.

Use of an Online Collaboration Tool

I recently project managed the refresh of the Learning and Performance Institute’s Learning and Development Capability Map (yeah – it’s a mouthful – #LPICapMap rolls off the tongue easier).  The updated Map will be live in October 2018.  Our process evolved during the project and we realised that we needed to engage experts and leading practitioners around the globe to write or update skill descriptions.  We had a limited timeframe for our 40+ volunteers to produce their deliverable.  I set up a Slack group and added a channel for each working group.  I’m convinced that using this tool was critical to enabling the working groups to effectively work together under tight deadlines, and we would never have me the deadline if we had used email alone.

A Quiz a Day

This is a non-work example of learning as a by-product of an activity that has many other purposes – amongst them a bit of family fun.  I recently stayed with my parents overnight.  My 92 year old grandmother lives with them.  After dinner every evening my mum gets the daily quiz from the newspaper and whoever is there joins in answering the questions.  It’s great with social bonding, helps keep my grandmother’s brain active, and we all get to learn a little something and feel closer in the process.  Thank you Mum!

Your Turn

What about you?  What is something you’ve learned recently?  How have you been learning?  What group activities do you build learning into or see it as an incidental outcome?

What could you share with others?  (Nudge for all the leaders reading this – sharing your learning with your team is a great way to role model and encourage continuous learning.)

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