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What can Black Friday teach us about smarter training delivery?

Black Friday - the biggest shopping event of the year – has finally arrived.

Thousands of shoppers are currently scouring shops for the best deals, both in store and online, with an expected spend of £2.3 million a minute by British shoppers alone.

So, what can Black Friday teach us about smarter training delivery?




Well, there’s plenty we can learn from retailers who understand the triggers that motivate us and adapt their offering accordingly. One of the biggest challenges facing L&D managers is to keep self-service learning relevant and accessible. In this respect, L&D has much to gain from retailing principles.

A shop isn’t just a static warehouse of objects for consumers to wander around until they find something interesting. That would be an e-learning content library. No, retailers are smarter than that; products are thoughtfully packaged, actively sold and continually changing to keep in line with our needs and desires (i.e. step into spring, summer holiday essentials, back to school).  

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Make Learning Great Again


November 8th is election day in the U.S. and millennials, the generation with the most at stake, appear to be the least engaged. Born between 1980 and 2000, Generation Y are the ones who’ll be running things soon and are therefore the subject of endless debate.

Some commentators see a bright future in the youngsters that are more idealistic than the generation that preceded them. Whereas some others disagree…

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Join Skill Pill at World Of Learning

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This week the best of L&D will gather at NEC Birmingham for World of Learning 2016 - a two-day event featuring more than 100 exhibitors and a packed conference programme. Why visit? To keep pace with the latest L&D developments; dealing with change has always been vital for L&D professionals, but never more so than now.

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Digital is Transforming the Workplace

Is it time to rewire your learning?

It's sobering to look at photos of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard dorm room working on the embryonic social network in 2004.

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 So much has changed in such a short space of time. I mean look at this early interface:

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The Uberization of Workplace Learning

The Democracy of Things

The cloud is radically rewiring our lives. Uber, Spotify and Airbnb, for example, have cut out the ‘middle person’ when it comes to booking transport, listening to music and finding holiday accommodation.  As cloud removes the inefficiencies inherent in analogue, such as removing the need for taxi queues, traditional agents can be ‘disintermediated’.  You only have to recall the Parisian protests against Uber to recognise the potentially disruptive force of the cloud.

As this process of digital disintermediation continues to gain momentum in domestic and social settings, we need to ask ourselves how such technologies are impacting the world of work.

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