How to optimise your teams' learning for success.

We all know that the key to business agility lies in building high-performance teams that have the right culture, skills, and leadership to succeed. They have the right environment to succeed and they really want to succeed. They are not created within the confines of a training room, nor from applying even the best of textbook theories. They practise the aggregation of Marginal Gains – frequent incremental learning and improvement – to improve by as little as 1% every day. In other words, high performers find the time to work on themselves, all of the time, to stay at the top of their game.

Research demonstrates that knowledge workers and those working in projects respond best to Kinaesthetic learning because they retain more information by doing rather than just listening, reading or thinking about theory. In most cases, we forget about 90% of what we learn in a course, so just-in-time micro learning is a great way to feed the 1% improvement goal.

Forward-thinking organisations are changing their learning & development strategies to channel and support marginal gains. What if you could tap into this and increase your team’s contribution to the organisation by even 1%?

How do you do that?

1. Allocate time for learning.

Smart organisations recognise the need for teams to learn, improve and stay motivated so they protect valuable learning time by allocating a percentage of each week for learning. Yes, learning - not browsing the web. Track the difference it makes to their productivity.

2. Set and track goals for learning.

According to a study by the CIPD, 93% of companies don't link skills growth to corporate targets. Set goals to make sure your team develop the skills you need and measure progress to keep them on track and see who needs what support.

3. Provide relevant micro-learning.

Most organisations don't have the budget or time for much classroom learning, so on-the-job micro-learning is becoming a much larger part of the learning and development scene. The benefits include convenience and topical digestible content. And of course, you can provide material to focus on the skills you want them to develop at the right time.

There is power in small incremental gains. Aggregating these marginal gains makes a massive difference. How do you help your team achieve their 1% improvements? We'd love to hear from you...

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