In organisations the need for accelerated development is also evident. Young managers gain the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to make the transition from functional manager to business leader quickly and effectively. The best engineer becomes the engineering manager and best Sales representative promoted to Sales manager. Marshall Goldsmith cautions us, in his book “What got you here won’t get you there” that this transition is enormous with massive consequences for both manger and the organisation.
Early career success often comes through mastery of a function or domain, and this transition to greater responsibility calls for a more comprehensive, broader perspective that can be difficult to navigate. Volatile markets and fast-paced change require managers who quickly adapt to new expectations and responsibilities, and there is generally a need to accelerate the development of managers to sharpen their functional skills but also develop leadership skills, build financial acumen, and gain a deeper understanding of strategy and execution. It is necessary to intentionally mentor and prepare participants to accelerate their learning and performance.
Many of today's leading organizations should rethink how successful they are in their efforts to accelerate development of their staff.
What is Accelerated Learning?
It's a total system for speeding and enhancing both the design process and the learning processes.
What makes accelerated learning so effective is that it's based on the way we all naturally learn. It unlocks much of our potential for learning that has been left largely untapped by most conventional learning methods. It does this by actively involving the whole person, using physical activity, creativity, and on the job exposure to get people deeply involved in their own learning.
It is important enough to assess if we do it effectively. Does the learning that we provide keep up with the growth, pace and movement of staff? Let us take a moment to assess what is needed for accelerated learning to add value.
The mood in the pride influences learning - A positive learning environment is vital.
People learn best in a positive physical, emotional, and social environment, one that is both relaxed and stimulating. A sense of wholeness, safety, interest, and enjoyment is essential for optimizing human learning.
Cubs need to remain hungry - We need to develop entrepeneurial learners
Perhaps the most important key is to develop a desire to constantly learn new things. If you are an employer and you supervise young people, give them tasks that require learning and applying new skills. Encourage them to learn outside of work, to learn for its own sake and enjoyment. People learn best when they are totally and actively involved and take full responsibility for their own learning. Accelerated learning is more activity-based rather than materials or presentations-based.
A cub community is vital for the future of a pride - collaboration among learners is needed.
People generally learn best in an environment of collaboration. All good learning tends to be social. The emphasis is not on competition amongst learners but rather creating a learning community.