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14 EpisodesProduced by Jonathan SmithWebsite

Learning and Development has, for too long, lived in the shadows of HR and become the poor cousin of the department. Everyone wants us, but does anyone value us? In this series of podcasts Nathan Akers and Jonathan Smith discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the industry and role with some original i… read more

14 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

11. What's the Future of L&D?

July 28th, 2020


The Two Old Dogs discuss the impact that Coronavirus has had on the learning profession and where this may take us in the future. Are you reading for the change in L&D?

10. Are you Unconsciously Bias?

July 14th, 2020


The Two Old Dogs discuss the impact of prejudice, bias and racism in the training room and whether trainers can overcome any unconscious biases that they are perhaps unaware of.

9. Books that Changed Us #2

July 2nd, 2020


Continuing from podcast 8, the Two Old Dogs review their last three books that have had a significant impact on the way that they think, behave and work.

8. What books have changed your life?

June 26th, 2020


In this episode (the first of 2 parts) the two old dogs (Jonathan Smith & Nathan Akers) review the first two books, from their top 5 list, that …

7. Is Lockdown Our Learning Time?

June 18th, 2020


If you've been furloughed during lockdown, or found yourself with more time because you're not commuting to the office, have you used your spare moments to catch up on learning? If not, is this the best time for people …

6. Is L&D the HR Broom?

June 11th, 2020


How did L&D become the servant of Human Resources, never the senior partner of the group, always the 'broom that is used to sweep the floor …

5. Are you a 'Trainer' or 'Facilitator'?

June 5th, 2020


These terms are frequently used interchangeably, along with 'Teacher' and 'Instructor', in order to identify what we do in L&D - but are they all …

4. Can you bounce back?

May 29th, 2020


Resilience is a modern buzz word that organisations throw around the workforce at random times, but what does it mean and how do you become …

3. Is the classroom dead?

May 19th, 2020


Since the advent of digital learning, more pressure is placed on L&D to abandon classroom training in order to save money and reduce time spent training people. The Old Dogs (Nathan Akers and Jonathan Smith) discuss …

2. Can I trust you?

May 13th, 2020


Trust is a huge, if unspoken, issue in business and is nowhere else seen so blatantly as in the training room. Do participants 'trust' you? Why do we have to prove ourselves worthy of their trust? and how do we go about …

1. How are you coping?

May 6th, 2020


Jon and Nathan discuss the pressures that we face due to the COVID-19 virus in Learning & Development including how it has impacted the way that people learn. In addition, they review the impact on leaders who …

Isolated Manager - Leading from a Home Office

April 30th, 2020


During COVID-19, we are expected to continue as close to normal as we can, yet the challenges we face are that we simply 'MANAGE' team performance rather than 'LEAD' them to an inspired success. Join Jonathan Smith …

The Intricate Art of Presenting

September 13th, 2019


Richard Newman (Body Talk Training) is a master presenter and has appeared on TV for his expert analysis of what makes a great presentation. In this episode Richard helps us unravel the intricacies of presenting in a …

The Art of Coaching

March 29th, 2019


Although corporations talk about wanting a ‘coaching culture’ very few ever take the time to define what that actually would look like. Equally, …

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