GA 088 | How To Grow and Develop People with Robert Ilbrink

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Today’s guest is Robert Illbrink, a learning and development consultant from the Netherlands with an IT background. Robert and I discuss the traditional and lean approaches to growing and developing employees, and how knowledge management fits in. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Robert’s background (2:44)
  • A quote that inspires Robert (3:12)
  • How Robert got into lean (4:08)
  • What learning and development means (7:53)
  • The difference between lean and traditional learning development (10:11)
  • Two examples (13:50)
  • Some tips and tricks for improving development processes (20:09)
  • How knowledge management fits in (21:40)
  • Lean versus “semi-lean” knowledge management (23:25)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Robert (29:40)
  • The best advice Robert has ever received (30:59)
  • Robert’s personal productivity habit (31:50)
  • How Robert recharges and refocuses (33:18)
  • The skill Robert feels he needs to improve (34:41)
  • Robert’s final words of wisdom (35:52)

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What Do You Think?

Are there other differences between the lean and traditional versions of learning and development processes? If so, what are they?


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