Why start with a Learning Teams Pilot?
Learning Teams are a valuable method to focus on a deep understanding of the work with your people – the experts in how work gets done who harness the relevant insights to improve it. But how can this method work in your specific organisational context?
A pilot approach allows for this necessary experimentation and a way to build competence, confidence and capacity. Here are the reasons why a pilot helps when starting out with HOP & Learning Teams.
- Creating sustainable foundations – conveying the ‘why’, with a comprehensive understanding of HOP principles
- Starting small – initially choosing area(s) with interest, willingness and support; establishing a manageable start with follow-through in the process that can be committed to
- Trial and error – opportunity for ‘safe to fail’ experimentation
- Mentoring – support, feedback and encouragement to nurture ‘first followers’
- Story propagation – collecting and sharing stories that promote what the approach discovers
- Voyage planning – looking holistically at where you want to be with HOP & Learning Teams
- Growth mindset – supporting the belief that capacities and talents can be improved over time
- Abundance thinking – recognising the limitless potential in yourself and others
- Adaptability – opportunity to flex and adjust to changing contexts and circumstances, learning by doing
Our staged pilot approach provides an adaptable framework to find a way forward, working together to find the best fit for your organisation.
1. Pilot Planning
The first step is a strategy session or workshop with your key stakeholders to determine your needs, taking into consideration what stage you are at with incorporating HOP.
This is where we will find a solution that works for your organisation to create a proposal, working out the finer details such as determining:
- A concise ‘why’ to incorporate HOP and Learning Teams in your organisation;
- Objectives and outcomes: key, pilot and strategic;
- Delivery specifics (e.g how, when, where, and who will be involved);
- Organisational considerations; and
- Inclusion options.
2. Training your people
We’ll work with you to determine your training requirements for HOP and Learning Teams, and who will be involved. There are a range of options, all of which are fully customisable, such as:
- Delivery via in-house or public courses;
- Face-to-face or virtual delivery (using a platform of your preference);
- Variable time and days (e.g: 1- or 3-day options, split days, catering to timezones);
- Content inclusions relevant to target audience, industry, and context;
- In-depth training for those who are going to be facilitating the Learning Teams;
- Various resources to set participants up for success in the pilot and beyond.
3. Learning Teams Facilitation
Here’s where we provide mentoring and continued support post-training to ensure those first crucial Learning Teams are a success. We’ll first work with you to determine aspects such as:
- Options for your initial Learning Team scopes;
- Who will be involved in the first Learning Teams sessions;
- Guiding support with facilitation or co-facilitation;
- End-to end support required throughout the key phases and steps of Learning Teams (pre, during and post-Learning Team).
4. Pilot Review
After the initial Learning Teams are completed, we’ll work with you to review their effectiveness and evaluation of the pilot outcomes. The adaptable plan for the next steps will be revisited to ensure clarity on ‘where to next’.
As you progress with your HOP journey, we’ll check in on your progress to ensure you’re on track with everything you need.
More resources to help your HOP journey
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