Archive for February, 2018

Can eLearning Change Behaviour? (or eLearning made me a healthy person)

Posted on February 14th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Confession – I have been going to naturopaths for 40 years, but I am terrible at taking tablets, potions and sprays. I start out Day 1 with the greatest of intentions but after Day 3, I am over taking something everyday but that all changed not so long ago.


Having been involved in Learning all my life and now running an eLearning company, (The Learning Factor), I’ve always wondered two things:

  • Can eLearning (on-line learning) actually change behaviour?
  • Can a 12-minute eLearning module have a lasting impact on daily life?


One of our clients is an Australian health supplements company. They engaged our company to build a global learning platform and work with their teams in developing numerous engaging and educational eLearning courses.


Having a passion for excellence and always want to make sure the eLearning quality we produce has the WOW factor, I began do my own review on some of the modules we developed for them. The modules were on things like Probiotics, B Vitamins, Brain Health, Heart Health, Fish Oil.


I was only doing the reviews of the modules for quality control but all of a sudden, my behaviour changed, I found myself asking my wife to buy these products and I started taking them religiously.


The eLearning modules had a major effect on my life, they had in fact changed my behaviour. Through the learning I saw the WHY and the WIFM. I think the vignettes and the animations really crystallised in my mind and emotions that these tablets were going to make me healthier and stronger as I continued through my life.


Now every morning I wake, shower, shave and swallow – 12 tablets to keep me healthy. It’s not that I have to do it, I want to do this and I’ve been doing it for over a year. I even took all my tablets on a recent cruise to Alaska in little bags, one for each day!  

Can eLearning change behaviour? For me it’s a big YES!


Chris Gaborit is managing director of The Learning Factor, an eLearning company who loves technology linked to learning. Follow him here on Linkedin, on Twitter @droneservicesAU and Instagram @idronefoto

 Having a passion for excellence and always want to make sure the eLearning quality we produce has the WOW factor, I began do my own review on some of the modules we developed for them.

4 Ways to Build an Innovative Team

Posted on February 14th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

One of the most common questions I get asked by senior managers is “How can we find more innovative people?” I know the type they have in mind — someone energetic and dynamic, full of ideas and able to present them powerfully. It seems like everybody these days is looking for an early version of Steve Jobs.


Yet in researching my book, Mapping Innovation, I found that most great innovators were nothing like the mercurial stereotype. In fact, almost all of them were kind, generous, and interested in what I was doing. Many were soft-spoken and modest. You would notice very few of them in a crowded room.


So the simplest answer is that you need to start by empowering the people already in your organization. But to do that, you need to take responsibility for creating an environment in which your people can thrive. That’s no simple task, and most managers have difficulty with it. Nevertheless, by following a few simple principles you can make a huge difference.

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It takes psychological safety, diversity, teamwork, and mission.

Everyone Hates Setting Goals. Here’s How Google Makes It Easier for Its Employees

Posted on February 12th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

It’s that time of year–leaders everywhere are charging employees with the task of establishing goals for 2018. If you’ve never been through a structured process, this exercise can be daunting, and frankly, feel like a big waste of time. I can assure you, it’s not. 


Setting goals is critical. Goals provide direction, help you focus, prioritize your time and energy, and ensure that you can objectively prove you’ve advanced the company’s agenda.


But just any goal won’t do. Research shows that goals are not only important but also that the level of specificity and difficulty matters. Goals that are both clear and challenging drive higher levels of performance.


To set their teams up for success, many organizations use SMART goals. Google leaders use something a little different–“Objectives and Key Results” (OKRs). On Google’s re:Work site, a resource that shares the company’s perspective on people operations, Google explains the concept.

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If a goal doesn’t challenge you, then it won’t change you.

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