This post originally appeared on the Learning Hacks blog
The term hack has had quite a life since it came on the scene around 1150. Associated with everything from cleaver to clever, it has evolved and remained relevant. Widely associated with computer programming languages the term hack has come to be understood as a “shortcut”, a “fix”, a new way to do something using pre-existing means. For example a college cooking “hack” is using your upside down iron to make grilled cheese ala dorm (allrecipes.com has an entire section dedicated to it here).
We chose the term hack deliberately. It reflects the imperfect, non-traditional, playful spirit we approach training and development. To be clear, we don’t think that today’s practioners are bad or that the current approaches are wrong. We simply think that today’s business environment has changed dramatically from the one that existed only 10 years ago. Combine this with the emergence of a slew of new technologies. Now add new generations of learners with fresh expectations and we can’t think of a better time to take a look at how training and development is done.