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Jan 31, 2023

With inflation high, and high profile redundancies hitting the headlines, L&D is once again under pressure to demonstrate the value it offers and to have an impact in our organisations. So what can you do if your budget is slashed?

This week on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, David James shares his experiences of managing the L&D team at The Walt Disney Company during the 2008 financial crisis.  David is the Chief Learning Officer at 360Learning and host of The Learning & Development Podcast, and joins Ross G and Owen to discuss:

  • the impact that recessions and cost savings typically have on L&D
  • actions you can take when budgets are tight
  • how the lessons of 2008 can be applied today.

David has also written about this topic for Forbes, which you can read at:

During the discussion, David referenced a LinkedIn post from Ross Stevenson, which you can see here:

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Ross mentioned a LinkedIn post from Dr Philippa Hardman on ChatGPT for educators. See:

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