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TV Expert Interviews / Business Culture / Jun 18, 2022 / Posted by Shannon Tipton / 181

The Evolution of Workplace Learning Since the Industrial Age (video)


In this Expert Insight Interview, Shannon Tipton discusses modernizing learning to create business impact. Shannon Tipton is the Chief Learning Rebel with over 15 years of corporate learning leadership experience. She has blended learning techniques and informal learning processes to successfully develop learning and development departments and training startups in North America, Europe, and Korea.

This Expert Insight Interview discusses:

  • The evolution of workplace learning since the industrial age
  • Why we need to modernize our workplace learning techniques
  • The fact that learning and development are often delegated to other departments

Evolution of Workplace Learning

Workplace learning hasn’t evolved much since the industrial age. We had many people sitting in the same place, all in little rows, and there wasn’t much professional development going on. Subsequently, it was equated to when you went to school.

So, corporate learning looks like going to university or high school. It all looks the same, and it shouldn’t because it doesn’t work in the same way. Your audience is not sitting in a classroom with classrooms at the ready to take notes about your lecture. This is not how workplace learning works.

Need to Modernize Learning and Development

When you think about adult learning, adults want to take information, they want it to be relevant, and they want it to make them smarter, better, and faster than they were yesterday. Sitting in that classroom environment as it was modeled after that industrial-age learning just isn’t going to work today.

People want to be able to get out and do the thing that they’re supposed to do and do it well. So, it is time to think about how we produce workplace learning.

Giving L&D Its Department

Part of the issue is that most organizations’ learning, development, or training is somewhat relegated to HR and not given the resources or respect it deserves. Some learning and development departments work through the HR function. Others work through Operations, and others work through Sales, etc.

Shannon thinks that L&D deserves to have its own space with an agenda that enables it to work with the business to its fullest capacity.

Our Host

John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist, he has conducted over 1500 video interviews of thought leaders for Sales POP! online sales magazine & YouTube Channel and for audio podcast channels where Sales POP! is rated in the top 2% of most popular shows out of 3,320,580 podcasts globally, ranked by Listen Score. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.

About Author

It means helping businesses and learning professionals see L&D from different perspectives, and providing a guiding hand to break out of the comfort of status-quo training. There are three key elements to being a Learning Rebel, a deep curiosity about the industry, having the strength to challenge the status quo, and having the courage of conviction to advocate for people within businesses. When these three things align, we create business value.


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