FOUNDRY 45s – S01E02 – Brandon Carson from Delta Air Lines

Hi, welcome to Foundry 45s, where we give you 45 seconds of insights from training leaders around the world. Today we have Brandon Carson from Delta Air Lines. Brandon, is traditional, L&D (Learning & Development) dead? If not, should it be?

Really great question, Dave. Thanks for that. It is not dead. I think it should be dead from certain angles if you take a really good look at it, so no not at all, and yes it should, I think is the answer. I do think we are finding ourselves at an inflection point however, we need to be more strategic and we need more access to the business strategy. I like to think of L&D now as a practice versus a profession. We need to be a component in the overall strategy. We need to be closer to where the decisions are made. Right now, too many of us are too far downstream from where those decisions are made. In today’s world where continuous learning and upskilling and reskilling the workforce is very important and critical for business evolution. We need to have a seat at the table where those decisions are being made.