Imagine if …. #6

 

This is the approach that we take at How to Accelerate Learning. Many other people do too (without calling it that!). In this blog series we will be looking at each of the 6 parts of the Learning Loop approach. So imagine …. what if, YOU were to take this approach:

Number 6: Learning interventions are underpinned by accelerated learning principles

I have been using accelerated learning principles for quite a number of years now and probably even before I knew what it was.

Accelerated learning brings together many models and theories which are practical and give results. Elliot Masie saw an improvement of 300% in the retention of information, switching from traditional to accelerated learning principles. I worked with an L&D team in Atos and Debbie Meddins, the manager reported a cut of 30% in trainer prep time.

So imagine if, your trainers took less time to prepare and the learning was more sticky? What might that mean:

  • More time to develop relationships with stakeholders to keep your finger on the pulse of the organisation
  • More time to explore new learning methodologies and a wider variety (see my #100ways2learn if you are stuck)
  • More time to develop new skills and create more of a learning culture
  • Fewer refresher courses and more credibility in L&D
  • Performance improvements that are more sustainable and noticeable

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Imagine if …… #5

llapproach-copyThis is the approach that we take at How to Accelerate Learning. Many other people do too (without calling it that!). In this blog series we will be looking at each of the 6 parts of the Learning Loop approach. So imagine …. what if, YOU were to take this approach:

Number 5: There is an explicit and practical objective setting process

Lewis Carroll said in Alice though the looking glass “If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will take you there”.  

“Setting goals is the first step to making the invisible visible” said Tony Robbins

These two quotations really resonate with me and my background in engineering. As an engineer, I would never have embarked on a project without first determining what the outcomes were going to be. Working for Esso one summer as a student, we investigated how pure the ethyl alcohol needed to be for different industries, so we knew which markets to head into. So why as L&D professionals are there at times no clear goals?

During a workshop a few years back, we were looking at how to set objectives and one participant asked if I have a process …. and if I did would I write it down for him. So for the benefit of Steve Patterson, here is that very process…..30 Templates To Sell - 43

 

 

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Imagine if ….. #4

llapproach-copyThis is the approach that we take at How to Accelerate Learning. Many other people do too (without calling it that!). In this blog series we will be looking at each of the 6 parts of the Learning Loop approach. So imagine …. what if, YOU were to take this approach:

Number 4: A good needs analysis leads to a solid evaluation and appropriate design:

My first degree is in Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology and it is safe to say, that I would never have embarked on any project without finding out EXACTLY what was required. There would be detailed specifications and at any point, we would know if the project was falling short.

Symbols - 34So it has surprised me in L&D how many organisations  do not do a needs analysis before committing resources to a learning programme. So firstly let me explain what each part of this step means and then outline the benefits:

 

 

“A good needs analysis….”

This goes beyond just speaking to the sponsor and could include:

  • Multiple perspectives from other stakeholders (a triangulation approach even?)
  • Data gathering from different sources
  • Analysis and presentation of the information to the relevant stakeholders
  • Conclusions that give a fuller picture of how this relates to the organisation and any benefits that may be realised in solving the problem

The benefits this would bring are:

  • Stakeholders that know L&D will dig deeper, beyond any superficial problems, hence a better reputation
  • A more targeted solution, which may not include learning (if not needed)

“….a solid evaluation…”

This means an evaluation that is measurable and the measures are of interest to the stakeholders. Hence these measures ARE measured!!

The benefits of this are self-evident; L&D are then partners and consultants, not just the vendors of learning. They work with departments to design and deliver solutions that have impact and measurable results

“… appropriate design”

This means that the design of the solution takes into account:

  • Budget
  • Other resources
  • Availability
  • Timing
  • The people attending and their needs

The benefits of this would be, of course less money wasted and also an solutions given in a timely fashion.

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Imagine if …..#3

llapproach-copyThis is the approach that we take at How to Accelerate Learning. Many other people do too (without calling it that!). In this blog series we will be looking at each of the 6 parts of the Learning Loop approach. So imagine …. what if, YOU were to take this approach:

Number 3: L&D use a consultancy approach when asked to design or deliver:

 

I speak to many L&D professionals who work in a “reactive” rather than a “proactive” mode. This sometimes feels to them like they have no choice. A typical scenario may be:

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  • A stakeholder receives bad news
  • Stakeholder thinks they can fix it with some training so they call in L&D
  • Stakeholder tells L&D what they need and when
  • Stakeholder gets more bad news, when the approach is not working as planned

So when you use a consultancy approach, what might you expect? Here are a few things:

  • A detailed conversation about what the situation is that needs addressing
  • A willingness and openness to dig deeper to explore what might be happening (or not happening)
  • Less rush to the solution and more understanding about the real issues that needs to be sorted
  • A partnership approach, seeking advice and working together, rather than being told when and what to do
  • Targeted, business focussed solutions that at times may not have any training included
  • An eagerness for the stakeholder to measure the success, with responsibility for measurement being with them
  • Budgets justified, support offered and resources available

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Imagine if….#2

llapproach-copyThis is the approach that we take at How to Accelerate Learning. Many other people do too (without calling it that!). In this blog series we will be looking at each of the 6 parts of the Learning Loop approach. So imagine …. what if, YOU were to take this approach:

Number 2: Stakeholder engagement and management skills are developed:

I am often shocked that so many L&D professionals do not fully utilise their stakeholders and engage with them. Some people do not know who all their stakeholders are, or their value and so this short video can help.

Once you have identified and categorised your stakeholders, you can:

  • Spend most time with those that have most influence and also support you
  • Build bridges with those that have influence, but are yet to see your value in L&D
  • Get support when times are tough from those who understand you
  • Learn how to quickly dispatch those who demand a lot of your time, with little in return

So let us imagine if you have the key stakeholders on board, what will that look like:

  • They will approach you with a business case to run a programme, with budgets in place
  • They will work with you to put in place measures that will evaluate the effectiveness of any programmes
  • They will win over those other stakeholders that you need support from
  • There will be an ongoing dialogue with them and regular “temperature checks” to see where you are
  • It will be easier to justify resources because the business case will have been made.
  • They will trust your judgment and ask “how” it should be done, when they present with an issue that needs solving
  • They will trust your approach, even if its new and radical because of the trust between you

If this is true, why don’t we do this all the time…..

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Imagine if…..

llapproach-copyThis is the approach that we take at How to Accelerate Learning. Many other people do too (without calling it that!). In this blog series we will be looking at each of the 6 parts of the Learning Loop approach. So imagine …. what if, YOU were to take this approach:

Number 1: Everyone understands the whole learning cycle:

Recently I have been working with team leaders in an organisation to help them stop prescribing training as a cure all. This means a whole host of things in reality. To start team leaders have deeper conversations with their team members, when they ask “Can I go on a confidence building course”. They ask questions like “Why do you think you need this?” or “What has happened to your confidence?”. They begin to have more meaningful conversations about their development.

Solutions to performance problems start to look different – they might include spending some time with a colleague, or rethinking a process that is a bit clunky, reading an article or watching a short YouTube clip or a combination of all of them.

When they start to dig deeper and don’t know how to tackle something, they approach L&D, with a solid business case as to why this is important and explore if a learning solution may be the answer.

So what is the impact on the organisation of this approach:

  • It becomes more about performance rather than learning.
  • Money spent on learning is targeted
  • The organisation sees the value learning brings
  • Budgets are approved via business cases
  • Projects are prioritised according to business case

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