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 areas 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.
We'll create a proposal and find a solution that works for your organisation to determine:
- Why you want to incorporate HOP and Learning Teams in your organisation;
- Objectives and outcomes for the pilot and beyond
- Delivery specifics (how, when, where, and who will be involved);
- Organisational considerations and inclusion options.
Following the planning session, we’ll provide a clear map of initial steps and an adaptable plan of next steps.
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 method (Face-to-Face or Virtual) and duration
- Content inclusions relevant to organisation specific context;
- In-depth training for those who are going to be facilitating the Learning Teams;
- 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); and
- Actionable solutions that will improve work in your operations
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.
Your people involved in the pilot will feel supported as they build confidence and competence, with valuable and impartial feedback from experienced facilitators.
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