If You Have an Opportunity To Enhance Adult and Workplace Learning Today: Would You Be Ready? Business Decisions 18-04

Written by Stephen Hobbs

Setting up a story for Business Decisions 18-04: 

Dominique is writing at her work desk. 
Phil knocks on her open door. 

“Morning, again. I see you’re busy. A quick question?” 

Looking up, Dominique nods ‘yes.’ 

“Do you have any information on adults and learning in the workplace?” 

"Yes - I'll send you a copy of a handout given to me. And pay attention to the sharing instructions so all of us can benefit from your learning." 

“Thanks!”

Walking back to his office, Phil is curious as to the sharing instructions. 


Enhancing Adult and Workplace Learning: A Manager’s Perspective


Here are five insights about adults and learning.
They have proved helpful to managers using learning as an approach to engage staff as learners. Is there more to add?
We hope so!

Sharing your Ideas:
Please make a copy of this handout.
Based on your experience, edit the handout. 
That is - add, alter or delete the ideas.
Add your email address to the end of the handout.
In that way you benefit from subsequent edits to the handout.
Then, send a copy with your edits to the person who sent you the handout.
* With agreement, the handout will be send to those on the email list.
* If clarification is required, expect dialogue before it's sent.
Thank you!  

Adults are practical and issue-centered, so you can ...

  • Discuss and plan for direct application of their new information 
  • Use collaborative, authentic, issue-solving activities with them 
  • Anticipate issues from the signals available (given) 
  • Encourage them to apply their new ideas to an actual issue 
  • Appreciate when their learning is organized & support them when it is not 
  • Define clearly the processes they are to use 
  • Show how learning will help them to attain organization goals

Adults self-promote their positive self worth, so you can ...

  • Provide low-risk suggestions in small group settings when starting 
  • Plan for supporting individual success incrementally 
  • Help them become more effective establishing processes that help 
  • Help them feel confident through guided practice

Adults integrate new ideas with existing knowledge, so you can ...

  • Celebrate what they already know from prior experience 
  • Bring the best of the past into the present 
  • Collect data about their needs before, during, & after project assignments 
  • Relate what they already know and can do to their work 
  • Share your agenda and assumptions, and ask for their input 
  • Suggest follow-up ideas and next steps to support their implementation

Adults show respect for self & others, so you can ...

  • Avoid jargon and don't "talk down" to them or about yourself 
  • Validate and affirm their contributions and successes 
  • Ask for their feedforward on your requests, requirements, & suggestions 
  • Ask them for their requirements, requests, & suggestions 

Adults seek choice and self-direction, so you can ... 

  • Connect the organization plans with their declared needs and values
  • Compare desired behaviours (goals) with actual behaviours 
  • Ask what they would like to know about your work 
  • Build in options within your plan so you can easily shift if needed 
  • Serve others as a mentor, coach, and facilitator as required 
  • Help others reach their goals 
  • Allow time for planning the next steps 


I commit to send a copy of my edits to the last person listed here who in turn will sent it to others on the list:
Email address - 1
Email address - 2
Email address - 3
Email address - Dominique


If you have edits - add to the comments below so we can benefit from your lived experience. Thank you!

Ask Request

In the spirit of Ask:

In supporting the learning of others, 
what is the single, most important consideration 
you must keep in the forefront of your actions 
to ensure the learning occurs?


To Work Well Together involves learning together!
Mentoring helps!

Available Now for Business Decisions 18-04:

Managing - Leading Mentoring in the Workplace
(2017)

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Business Decisions 18-04

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