Cut through the noise
Harnessing your inner MacGyver? Trying to turn a gum wrapper, existing course, Internet connection, and a free app or new license into virtual training to roll out next Monday? After all, you already have the f2f class designed…how hard can it be to “pivot to online”?
You are not alone.
Each time I work with instructional designers, trainers, and others in the learning and development field, I learn something new. The field is rich with collaborative, resource-sharing pros who thrive on finding faster, better, easier ways to do things -- and sharing them with peers. This post is dedicated space for just that.
Remote meetings are commonplace for many workers today. However, with an unprecedented number of employees being allowed, encouraged, or directed to work from home this week, the shift to virtual meetings has skyrocketed – but without much of anything in the way of support or guidance for the many people adapting to working from home.
Knowing that what you need right now are techniques to ramp up and work effectively, here are five strategies to enhance the productivity of your remote meetings with employees who are new to working remotely.
Let’s have some fun. For each of the eight statements that follow, determine whether you believe it is a goal or an expectation.
Employees can only do what you expect when they know what your expectations are. That sounds simple enough, right? How is it then that so few people, when asked, can provide a fantastic—or even just an adequate—answer to “Will you tell me one specific expectation your manager has of you?”
There are three mistakes managers commonly make that undercut their effectiveness. The first two mistakes, failing to set and communicate expectations, and their fixes are detailed in Chapter 1 of Focus on This, Not That, but Mistake #3, failing to maintain a focus on expectations, is nicely “blog-sized.”
The ATD NEAC 2019 Conference had an informal theme last week: Cooking Up Learning. This entry is dedicated space for conference-goers to share their post-conference actions taken to "bake" their learning, to explain how they have put it into practice, and even to brag a bit about their recipes for success. That is it on the food references! So, what have YOU implemented since last week? Have you:
You can't have the same training in half the time. You can’t. But you can have better training in half the time. Getting to better training in half the time will certainly include design choices. But better training also requires a communication strategy at the outset that sets you up to develop better solutions. My Five A’s model will get you there; and, this article will address the first of the A’s – Appreciate.
I observed this One Great Idea during a recent virtual meeting. Keep it handy to use the next time your virtual meeting gets off to a slower start than your schedule has room for.
This One Great Idea was shared with me while working with a team recently. It seamlessly blends effective meeting management with employee development.
Success is not the result of a single action. It comes from a series of decisions, choices, and actions, it comes from consistently performing well, it may grow out of messy mistakes, and it certainly sometimes gets help from happy accidents along the way. This is true in life; it is also true of meetings.
Relying on accidental success is a questionable approach—which is also true in life and meetings. Instead, embrace happy accidents when they occur, but use these questions to engineer successful meetings.