Using microlearning to boost lean mastery
Microlearning means accessing short lessons and running small experiments to change behavior and master new skills while you work.
According to PHA’s Principal Advisor Mark Clare, this kind of "learning on the fly" in a structured way is transforming how training is undertaken in many settings. It's especially effective for mastering group facilitation and other soft skills at the core of lean practice. Clare has a long track record in the field of microlearning. You can read about his knowledge cards technique that won a McKinsey / Harvard Business Review management prize here.
Microlearning techniques are integrated into the training and coaching you get through Purdue’s Lean First program. A good way to start building microlearning into your lean practice is with Lean Daily Improvement Facilitator online training.
One microlearning approach — kCards — helps participants master new soft skills and achieve lasting behavior change. Authoring and using the 3" x 5" cards allows staff to make the small attitude/behavior changes necessary to build the soft skills vital for today's competitive, professional environment. Purdue Healthcare Advisors' innovative kCards Toolkit can be accessed in conjunction with PHA Direct's Lean First training or independently. Just choose the competency model(s) you want your staff to work on: team facilitation, innovation, emotional intelligence, workplace resilience, shared decision making, and more...take your pick!
Mark Clare is Principal Advisor of Strategic Initiatives at Purdue Healthcare Advisors, and adjunct faculty at Northwestern University where he teaches leadership influence using a micro-learning method.