How to get Learning to Achieve a Transformative Effect
We are not always entirely aware that we are learning; when we ‘just know’ how to do something it’s often as a result of repetition and eventually habit. In other circumstances, learning is more intentional, for example, attending a seminar or reading a book. Intentional learning can be effective but it can also be impersonal, forgettable and replaceable. However, when you add purpose to learning something transformative occurs.
A clearly defined purpose gives the learner a sense of meaning and enhances their readiness to learn. This helps the learner sustain their interest, engagement and resilience throughout the learning experience, even when things get difficult. Having a clear purpose empowers the learner and generates higher levels of self-reliance. Learners form their own connections and associations and find different ways of examining their assumptions. Consequently, these highly self-aware, purposeful learners become masters of their subjects, rather than recipients, and are far more likely to retain their learning, and achieve their goals.
At Notion one way we achieve this on our programmes is to personalise every learning journey so that every conversation and exercise has a specific benefit to the individual learner and ideally is also aligned to meaningful business objectives. It's bespoke, personal and has some immediate benefit. Real plays rather than role plays if you will. The results we find are transformational for the individuals and typically also drive impressive measurable commercial benefits for our client organisations too.