Mindfulness in Business

From a health perspective, mindfulness is all the rage. The practise can help people adapt to change; maintain calmness in difficult situations; and decrease anxiety. Used in business, this restorative technique can leave lasting effects on employees and the organization. Why? Because mindfulness encourages a focus on what’s happening in the moment rather than reacting and being […]

Go, Go, Gamification

Effective learning programs draw on gamification techniques – the inclusion of fun “game” elements in non-game contexts – in order to increase awareness, participation and assist with learning retention. Precisely why businesses should invest in training that includes methods of this unique style in order to drive results and overcome the natural forgetting curve. Generic, […]

Forget Me Not: Defeating the Forgetting Curve

Too often, businesses spend heaps of money and resources on corporate training programs only for the learning to end up forgotten by employees. This is never the goal and it happens for one main reason: the forgetting curve. The forgetting curve is a natural occurrence that was hypothesized by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in the […]

Score & Feedback Sandwich

Many people are challenged with giving feedback, particularly when it isn’t wholly positive. Generally speaking, people don’t enjoy getting or giving negative feedback and may even avoid it completely. A few decades ago, people were trained to “sandwich” difficult feedback in between two complementary pieces.  Communication experts no longer recommend this for a number of […]

Why Experiential Learning?

The theory of “learning by doing” has been around since 350 BCE. First conceived by great philosopher Aristotle, its concept has been modified through centuries. Scholar David A. Kolb most famously developed the current ideology of experiential learning. Popular techniques include making pro and con lists; board game analogies of common roadblocks in the workplace; […]