Why Does Corporate Training Struggle? "It's the Balance Sheet, Stupid!"

October 19, 2022
4 minutes
Mark Oehlert joined #IDIODC October 19.

There are many frustrations working in Corporate Learning & Development. And there is no shortage of opinions as to why Learning & Development, and training departments struggle to be recognized as important parts of the business.

Mark Oehlert joined us with what may, or may not, be one of the most controversial reasons why L&D struggles. Could it really be as simple as how the accounting department accounts for our existence?  

But wait! This conversation was surely not as boring as accounting sounds. Trust me, it wasn’t. Mark is not your typical eLearning geek. He's a deep thinker with unique insights into many of the cultural struggles that have plagued enterprises for decades. As an anthropologist and historian, he brings a very different thinking process to our industry as well as a remarkable story about context and a box of dirt.  You’ve got to hear it!

This was a fun, enlightening and entertaining episode. And no, SCORM wasn’t his “fault”, but he was at the table when it was being conceived.

To see all the comments from the chat, check out the full session right here.  

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About Mark Oehlert

Mark is an anthropologist and historian who has worked in organizations as varied as the Pentagon, Amazon, Booz Allen, and now Unity but always in areas of emerging concepts, advanced technology, and how we can and should be thinking about our organizations as human cultures. He is deeply interested in the intersections of tech, culture, learning, innovation, and empowering creators.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (Affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the eLearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple, and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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