All of us 'learning and development folk' have come across learning styles before. In fact, we probably now live and breathe them without even realising it! For me though, many of the training sessions and workshops I have attended have had something missing...FUN!
From a really young age we start learning stuff every minute of the day. We start to make sense of the world we are in through the wealth of different situations we experience. How much we observe and take in has a huge impact on how much and how fast we learn things. Children learn more when they are having fun and are actively engaged in things. Playtime is really important for learning. It's where the magic happens.
Be it trying to navigate a toy train around the cat without it noticing, making shapes out of playdough, or getting the scalextric track to do a triple loop (I could never work that one out!)...we learn...and we do it best when we are relaxed, engaged in what we are doing and having fun!
So why is it that when we go in to the wonderful world of work we end up putting ourselves through often dull and bland 'corporate' type training?...we spend all of our time focusing on model after model and so many theories that we don't know our Maslow from our Hertzberg!...Sure, the stats and the research are important, but I don't think they should detract from us having fun and learning more on workplace training...bring out the inner child!
You can expect to have fun on an 'INSPIRE-IGNITE' training programme...it's what we do...you won't find much 'blue sky thinking' or 'thinking outside the box' type stuff...just things that you can enjoy learning, and therefore take back to your workplace and apply in reality!
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in the meantime, make learning stuff FUN!
Over my career to date I have been lucky enough to work with some great organisations, great people and great leaders. All of them really passionate about developing awesome leaders. It seems to be a common mind-set that leaders make the difference in any organisation...would you agree?
In my learning, training and talent roles I have often been asked 'how?'. How do we develop awesome leaders? How do we focus on developing the 'right' skills? How do we come up with a clear expectation of 'what awesome actually looks like?'.
My response has always been that truly awesome leaders have great self awareness above all else. They know their strengths and also understand where their personal potential can be found...Until we can have real clarity on those things, it's tough to develop 'skills' like influencing, impact and coaching...
A great leader doesn't just use a 'one size for all' approach...that's usually where we go wrong - we ask for consistency and to treat everyone in the same way.
To be awesome, a leader needs to understand themselves, their style natural style of leadership and how they are perceived by others. Each individual and team member has their own style too - some similar, and some very different to that of their leader...Only by flexing and adapting, responding and connecting to our team members can we get the best from them, maximise engagement and drive the achievement of results!
As a consultant, coach and developer of awesome teams at 'INSPIRE-IGNITE', I use Clarity4D as a tool of choice to help leaders and teams develop their self awareness and also support the development of strong, effective, engaged and generally awesome teams. It introduces the concept of 'colour' to create and build a common language across teams and organisations.
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