How purpose and relevance make training programmes impactful
At times where the relationship between staff and the company they work for is evolving from one of uniformity, governed by relatively homogeneous terms and conditions and a reliance on traditional reward mechanisms to ensure loyalty, towards a relationship dominated by a contract, motivation and aspiration diversity, organisations need to carefully consider how they get the best out of their workforce.
Training is increasingly being seen as an alternative lever capable of satisfying personal objectives in a way, which transcends differences between members of a same organisation, that would otherwise create tensions and divert their focus from the common goal they are supposed to work on together.
But to add impact on the bottom line above integration, training must also provide a sense of purpose and relevance to the trainees.
Experiential and immersive learning enable to grow and anchor skills beyond their immediate business scope. The use of scenarios and their “learning by doing” approach fosters the adoption of new concepts and techniques and their adaptation to the context, in which they are being used. This is a key characteristic of today’s successful organisations and individuals.
Such an approach works both on the hard skills (the “what” and the “when” or in other words, the “relevance”) and the soft skills (the “why” and the “how” or the “purpose”) involved in a specific activity, with the objective to create a step change in performance.
The focus here lies on the fit-for-purpose application of skills in relation to the objectives, context and constraints and the development of behaviours, which will enable teams and organisations to capitalise on their collective intelligence.
To achieve this result, ALL4ONE consulting has designed and developed a computer-based serious game, simulating the preparation and participation in a sailing race around the world. It plays on the many similarities between sailing races and today’s business context: extreme volatility of the environment (weather, competitors behavior), the impact of disruptive technologies on the business models (the way technology changes the way boats perform in races), the criticality of decision quality and team efficiency for the performance.
At the end of the immersive training, the participants will have learned the skills required to successfully manage the above activities in their immediate business context and beyond.