After spending time in the Marine Corps working as a real engineer and doing consulting, I landed in my fourth career, education, in the early 1990s. I’ve taught college courses, but made my living facilitating corporate workshops. A two-day workshop on Critical and Strategic Thinking has been, and continues to be, my mainstay. However, as the song goes, “the times they are a changing.”
The wonderful days of getting thirty professionals together for an off-site training session are fewer and farther between. Why? The sessions are expensive (travel, lodging, rooms, equipment, fees) and because of years and years of organizations becoming “lean and mean” the professionals just don’t have the time. Is education (and learning) dead?
I hope not and so do the Millennials. According to a whitepaper from Career Partners International (The Workforce Revolution: Implications for Leaders) “Millennials want workplaces that offer learning and development opportunities that add value to their careers.” And if this is what they want, this is what they will get because Millennials are already the largest demographic in the workforce.
What will companies do if they don’t have time for workshops but their largest demographic wants learning and development opportunities?
Some companies are using webinars as a way to “sharpen the saw” of their workers, managers and professionals. [Shameless self-promotion here! Go to my website MindPrep.com and check out three recorded webinars based on my workshop. They’re free. The fourth will run live on April 21st and will also be recorded. Let me know if you’d like a customized version for your team.]
Now webinars are tried and true but even at 45 minutes, I hear leaders saying that they take too much time. If that’s the case you may want to look into “subscription learning.”
What is it? Well, you can go to my friend, Will Thalheimer, and learn from his blog at www.subscriptionlearning.com or you can read the following (from his blog).
"Subscription learning, as its name implies, provides an intermittent stream of learning-related interactions to those who have subscribed. These learning-related interactions – called “nuggets” – can involve a great variety of learning-related events…..nuggets are short, usually presented in less than five minutes….scheduled over time to support learning…..learners subscribe to one or more series of learning nuggets, called ‘threads’."
I see subscription learning as an unstoppable trend and intend to participate by using nuggets and threads to reinforce existing workshops or as a stand-alone offering from Adaptive Strategies.
Send me a note. What nuggets would you like to see threaded together?