How to Design Learning That People Can Actually Apply on the Job

2 Sep, 2020

How to Design Learning That People Can Actually Apply on the Job - A Conversation with Paul Matthews by Nihal Salah

Before we dive into talking about how to design learning that your people can actually apply (learning transfer), I’ve got a riddle for you: 

You take your car to your local mechanics because it’s been stalling. 

There’s a new mechanic named Mike. He’s a nice fella.  

He asks you what the trouble is with your car and you explain the situation. He has a quick look under the hood and tells you he needs to change a part. Mike reassures you it shouldn’t take too long and he pops to the storage room to get the part. 

Mike comes back with a look of disappointment on his face. Turns out  they don’t have the part in stock and will need to order it. It should arrive by tomorrow. 

Here’s a question for you: is Mike a competent mechanic? Do you think we ought to send Mike for some sort of training? 

Before worrying about learning transfer, make sure you need learning in the first place.

Read on

 

Paul Matthews
CEO and Founder of People Alchemy
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