In the first of a series of blogs on the challenges faced by many organisations when implementing learning programmes, Compaso’s Mike Dickson looks at “The Time Excuse” – one of the key explanations given for learning programme failure.

All too often, when it comes to training, time is a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, leadership teams are in a hurry to get their people up to speed, so they can fulfil their ambitions for the business.  And it’s usually faster to skill-up an existing workforce, which is familiar with the organisation, than to start from scratch with new recruits.

So, training becomes business critical and managers who lead this are under pressure to rapidly build up peoples’ skills

On the other hand – and here’s the rub – day to day work pressures mean that people don’t have the time to attend training sessions. This usually involves dropping out of sessions at the last minute – often at the request of those self same managers who identified their training needs in the first place.

As a result, the desired impact from training programmes is lost.

The answer to this double problem is to integrate that training into day to activities so that people learn on the go. This follows the practice over theory principle – that you learn more by doing.  And Compaso is a platform which enables that.

Through a series of ‘to dos’ prompted by 15 second videos, participants in the programme start doing things differently.  The experience of that then helps them to think differently so that newly acquired skills become part of “business as usual”.  Compaso also encourages interactive sharing with other participants which means that everyone can collectively learn from the experience. So learning communities become part of the mix as well.

All told, Compaso not only helps speed up the learning which helps drive the organisation’s progress;   it also helps make that learning stick through interactions with others.

Compaso can rightly claim to enable ‘learning at the speed of change’.