I gave a keynote on Informal Learning this week and something interesting happened during the Q&A session. There were grumblings about young professionals being drowned in old and outdated techniques and practice through CIPD courses and accreditation. The complaint was that they hold progress back by touting the same old theories and models. They were also accused of being no more than a money making machine. I triggered this off by mentioning that the CIPD run NLP courses. This is the equivalent of the Royal Astronomical Society running courses in Astrology. Far from preparing us for the future, the CIPD may be imprisoning us in the past.
Profession at low ebb
Their own CIPD survey in 2007 showed that only 12% of managers take L&D very seriously, only 30% report that L&D is involved in the early stages of organisational strategy planning processes and less than half of all organisations have any sensible evaluation strategy for L&D (thanks to Charles Jennings). Hasn’t it occurred to them that they themselves may be one of the reasons for this sorrowful situation; rooted as they are in a petty, unscientific, technophobic, Kirkpatrick obsessed world of flogging their own courses.
The Top Ten list of interest its own website tells the whole story. What people are interested in is merely their qualifications and membership. When an organisation becomes more interested in itself than the profession it serves, or even worse, becomes an end in itself, something has gone horribly wrong.