Talent Development Ideation Lab
test and learn disruptive HR possibilities fast

Last Updated Friday, November 24, 2017

Talent Development Ideation LabTM at the Executive Learning Exchange is an online collaboration for us to test and learn together.

The Ideation Lab is a "virtual playground" for ELE member companies interested in disrupting the HR Talent Agenda using DESIGN THINKING frameworks to quickly prototype TOGETHER, TEST solutions, AND LEARN with our highly diverse and collaborative peers.

What is ELE’s Talent Development Ideation Lab?

Here are examples of the L&D content we might start with Addition collaboration: Each ELE Learning Circle will have a sharable folder on Google Drive, a private LinkedIn group for discussion and a channel on ELE's slack workspace. We are considering purchasing either Adobe Presenter 11 or Articulate360 suite of tools to better collaborate with ELE-member companies development resources.

What is Ideation and what is an Ideation Lab?

Per wikipedia, Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract. Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.

Ideation is also part of the PROTOTYPE & TEST stage in the Design Thinking process.

Our Ideation Lab is, quite literally, a place for the ELE Learning Circle communities to gather, throw ideas on the wall and see what sticks for disrupting the HR Talent Agenda using design thinking frameworks.

How can this Ideation Lab help me with disrupting the HR Agenda at my workplace?

In a nutshell, DESIGN THINKING is the belief that by starting with the goal of understanding the customer’s empathetic drivers and conducting rapid prototyping, problems can be solved and solutions enabled that deliver more value and are sustainable. Individuals and organizations that utilize design thinking put their energy into learning about the future amd the customer's needs. Many companies have transformed key HR processes and built capabilities utilizing a design thinking framework.

We do not expect every ELE Learning Circle to use our Ideation Lab to Understand a HR Talent Development Problem. Each ELE Learning Circle is self-directed and might want to conduct quick, mini-benchmarking with a diverse peer-group.

Sometimes an ELE Learning Circle interested in solving a talent-related business problem with design thinking approaches, the our Ideation Lab is a FREE resource for them to use. The place you should start in our Ideation Lab is with EMPATHIZE--Understand The Problem--and we'll help you PROTOTYPE, TEST & REFINE as an ELE Learning Circle. With your new insight, continue the design thinking process and IMPLEMENT good ideas at your workplace.

In 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle @ d.school

What is an ELE Learning Circle?

A cohort of about 15 Learning/Talent Development Leaders (Current ELE members given priority if space is tight, likely nominated by ELE's CLO/CTO/CHRO Group members), Learning Circles meet virtually 3-4 times per year (using Adobe Connect and your computer's webcam) and in-person 1-2 times per year (May @ GE and Oct @Hamburger U).

Benefits of an ELE Learning Circle:

  1. Join a Learning Circle—most of us absorb far more when seated in a circle of diverse & collaborative peers that are studying the same thing;
  2. Mix with the Best—surrounding yourself with great minds is critical if you want to raise your game.
Visualize ELE's Virtual Learning Circles & F2F Exchanges
Virtual Meeting Space URL will be posted in the LinkedIn group &
emailed to "confirmed" registrations.

What ELE Learning Circles focus areas are planned?

The first learning circles we plan to kick-off for 2018 if there is interest are:
  1. Curating L&D Content (Reimagine Return on Training Content: Take Out Costs & Deliver New Kinds of Business Value)
  2. Creating Learning Partnerships (Strategic Business Partner to further the skills, strategy and growth of the company through People Talent)
  3. Future of Learning is Here! (Disruptions and trends related to work, workforce and workplace; and its impact on the expectations from the learning function)
  4. Sales Training: Think Future-back (Talent is main sustainable competitive advantage)

What are the Roles & Responsibilities for me when I join an ELE Learning Circle?

A typical ELE Learning Circle cohort is envisioned to consist of:
  • Co-facilitators: 2-3 volunteers to be the primary points of contact; help schedule quarterly virtual meetings; partner with Dirk Tussing to prioritize PROTOTYPE & TEST IDEATIONS (stages 3-5 of the Design Thinking process).
  • Participants will be encouraged to throw ideas on the wall and practice design thinking concepts: EMPATHIZE, DEFINE & IDEATE with a diverse peer group.
  • Each ELE Learning Circle will collaborate using an online discussion group (likely an UNLISTED LinkedIn group) and have access to ELE's Talent Development Ideation Lab to test and learn together.
  • Non-active participants likely will be periodically refreshed with new ones.

What does the ELE Digital Classroom look like and what technology do I need to join an ELE Learning Circle?

  • A high-Speed internet connection.
  • Enabled webacm.

Best Practice: Make sure everyone's webcam is on even if you have some participants in in the same physical room.

To help you visualize ELE's Digital Classroom, here is a screen shot of the inaugural Sales Training cohort. Three cohort members (Amy, Anton, & Dirk) attended together in a downtown Chicago conference room and the others logged in from various remote locations.

Visualize ELE's Digital Classroom
Virtual Meeting Space URL will be posted in the LinkedIn group &
emailed to "confirmed" registrations.

Questions? Contact Dirk Tussing, Executive Director,
or click through below to contact one of our Learning Circles' co-facilitators directly:
  1. Curation of L&D Content
  2. Creating Learning Partnerships
  3. Future of Learning is Here!
  4. Sales Training: Think Future-back