On demand, immediate learning in digestable bites allows for on-the-job application while fitting easily into action-packed schedules. Research indicates that people learn better, retain more and are positively motivated when supported by regular and frequent coaching.
As powerful and effective as professional coaching can be, it is only affordable to less than one percent of the workforce.
That is why self-coaching insights, easily retrieved from a mobile smartphone, tablet, e-reader or laptop, grabs managers’ attention with compelling content to make them feel a sense of urgency to act on what they learned.
In psychology, the term “thin slicing” refers to the brain’s ability to draw surprisingly accurate conclusions from very limited information. Applied to leadership development, thin slicing is about isolating thin slices of learning and delivering powerful insights from a single bite-size concept. Instead of starting big, it starts small. A short, incomplete slice of learning can deliver a powerful “Aha” moment and create behavior change more effectively than a longer learning module or conversation that tries to cover too much:
1) Workplace performance coaching should be delivered in short bursts – just six to 10 minutes at a time. Today’s multi-tasking workforce has neither the time nor the attention span for traditional lengthy training formats.
2) People learn best when training and coaching is focused on a narrow concept where learning goals are clearly defined. When this knowledge is delivered in small packets, the brain can easily absorb, remember and apply what it learns.
3) Performance coaching and self-coaching are most powerful when grounded in verifiable research. When managers see performance coaching and self-coaching as credible, they’re more likely to translate their learning into on-the-job behavior.
Leadership development matters.
Albert Einstein once said, "We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve."