Four ways to enhance learning and development

by L&D14 Mar 2017
Sarah Rodgers, principal at Iolite Consulting, is a coach, trainer and facilitator with an extensive background in organisation capability development, cultural transformation and corporate leadership.

Rodgers said that during her consultations and workshops, she tries to weave in a series of key principles in to enhance the value that L&D professionals receive.

Below, L&D Professional takes a look at what they are, and how they can make a difference.

Being present

“It’s important to be present in work and personal relationships, and not allow distractions such as the iPhone/smart phone to disrupt the interaction between two people,” Rodgers explained.

“I have found that being present when talking to someone [or even when writing an email, as so often communication these days is via email], that being present will allow for our intention in the communication/interaction to shine through more clearly; being present creates connection.”

Being connected

“I recommend people to watch Brene Brown's TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability; being vulnerable creates connection and builds trust,” Rodgers said.

“It allows us to build more effective and deeper relationships. In the context of learning and development, I think that so often people are anxious in learning situations.”

Rodgers pointed out that learners are often afraid of not knowing everything, and said that if they are comfortable being vulnerable, this opens up many opportunities to learn more deeply and to develop greater connection

Being Mindful

“I have found mindfulness, meditation, even just yogic breathing to be so useful, especially when we find ourselves in stressful situations just a few deep breaths can really help calm those nerves,” Rodgers said.

“I found that doing a short guided meditation at the beginning of team meetings usually resulted in greater focus and engagement during those meetings.”

Rodgers added that allowing people a few minutes to leave behind what they may have entered the meeting with is worth it.

The importance of visualisation

Rodgers said that she is a big fan of this practice, and uses it often to visualise the sort of experience she wants people to have ahead of things like team-building sessions, formal talks or facilitations.

“I was lucky enough to have time on Saturday morning and I went to watch a friends’ 11-year-old play cricket. I was really interested to hear how the coach addressed them after the first innings,” she explained.

“He talked about staying in the moment and not getting ahead of themselves, and I heard one of the parents talk about visualising how they'd like to hit the ball.”

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