Learning Executives Express Confidence

Learning executives continue to be increasingly optimistic about the outlook and expectations for the learning function, according to the latest measurement by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). Its Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) for the third quarter of 2009 continued an upward trend after posting a significant rebound in the second quarter. All four major indices increased with three of four achieving all-time high values.

The current LXCI surveyed 292 learning executives about their expectations in four areas: impact on corporate performance; ability to meet learning needs; status as a key strategic component; and availability of resources. It is modeled on the CEO Confidence Indices reported by Chief Executive magazine and The Conference Board.

Current LXCI indices show growing confidence in key areas in the third quarter, continuing the across-the-board positivity of learning executives’ (LXs) noted in the second quarter of 2009. After back-to-back drops at the end of 2008, executive confidence began to stabilize in the first quarter of 2009. When the four different measures are combined, the overall LXCI for third quarter 2009 was 60.7, compared with 59.4 for second quarter of 2009. The LXCI is measured on a 100-point scale. The 1.3-point change shows a continued rebound in optimism and indicates that collectively learning executives expect their learning functions to remain the same or marginally improve over the next six months.

Learning executives continue to be increasingly optimistic about the outlook and expectations for the learning function, according to the latest measurement by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). Its Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) for the third quarter of 2009 continued an upward trend after posting a significant rebound in the second quarter. All four major indices increased with three of four achieving all-time high values.

The current LXCI surveyed 292 learning executives about their expectations in four areas: impact on corporate performance; ability to meet learning needs; status as a key strategic component; and availability of resources. It is modeled on the CEO Confidence Indices reported by Chief Executive magazine and The Conference Board.

Current LXCI indices show growing confidence in key areas in the third quarter, continuing the across-the-board positivity of learning executives’ (LXs) noted in the second quarter of 2009. After back-to-back drops at the end of 2008, executive confidence began to stabilize in the first quarter of 2009. When the four different measures are combined, the overall LXCI for third quarter 2009 was 60.7, compared with 59.4 for second quarter of 2009. The LXCI is measured on a 100-point scale. The 1.3-point change shows a continued rebound in optimism and indicates that collectively learning executives expect their learning functions to remain the same or marginally improve over the next six months.

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