Last week the US team had a great time in the nation’s capital sharing Coassemble’s LMS+Authoring Tool with ATD conference-goers and learning from the sessions that were hosted throughout the 3 days.
Mike and Tanner attended some thought provoking sessions hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Seth Godin, which often had the audience in stitches with their relatable anecdotes about common challenges and obstacles in the L&D space.
The sessions on Artificial Intelligence, Rebuilding Onboarding Processes, and Methods to Measure Training Impacts proved to be highly educational and relevant to Coassemble users who are ultimately looking for ways to engage their employees and/or clients with great learning methods and content.
The team headed back to the LA office full of ideas and takeaways to share with the rest of the team and our Coassemble community.
Top 5 Takeaways:
- Businesses are focusing more on developing continuing education in bite-sized chunks, otherwise known as Microlearning. Microlearning keeps the learning process ongoing and continually reinforces essential behaviors/practices for an organization. Ongoing training allows for more digestible trainings which keeps employees less smothered by “training season” each year. This concept was covered in more than one of the sessions we saw..
- Organizations want to be able to mix pre-existing content with their own company-built training. No one wants to be locked into one or the other. Soft skills and general industry knowledge are better left up to the pros, while company-specific orientations (especially for new hires) are better left to company vets to define. Sharing a company’s brand with new hires allows them to understand company values and gives them a sense of value in regards to their new position! We got info this from the Onboarding break out session and from chatting with dozens of attendees who visited our booth.
- It was great to see a familiar face at the conference. Mary Lippitt, who has her own Coassemble account, took time to visit our booth to sing our praises and express her satisfaction with the platform and our US Customer Success superstar, Molly. Mary was a speaker at this year’s conference with over 350 sitting in her session!
- The world is changing. Seth Godin spoke about how the nature of employees in the 21st century can no longer be nurtured and set up for success with a 20th-century assembly line mentality. “Employees are no longer stamp-cut gears in a system”, explained Godin, who impressed that the future of organizations will be to find new ways to innovate the learning space instead of looking for features that everyone/anyone else is matching. In his words – “if you are simply trying to tick boxes, someone will always do it for cheaper than you are”. If you are running your day to meet specs, then your days are numbered. Maybe not today, but eventually someone will be able to meet the same specs more efficiently.
- Change is hard. Also from Godin (he gets two points because he was so inspiring!) Even when businesses know a solution lays on the table in front of them, they are reluctant to reach out and grab it. The main reason is that implementing a solution requires change and change is scary. Salto Mortale is an Italian expression that encompasses the before feeling a person has right before taking a great leap. It embodies fear, excitement, and reconsideration all at the same time. To be successful in 2019, business will need to embrace the feeling of Salto Mortale not because it allows for the potential of expansion, but because it is the only way to prevent stagnation and failure. If you are waiting for the right time to implement a training solution, it will never arrive. Embrace Salto Mortale and lay a foundation for your team to grow for years to come. As Godin explained, in the classic movie Singing in the Rain, all the main characters sang and danced in the rain, never paying creedence to the neatly-folded umbrellas they were holding all the time. The point – we learned – is to intentionally invite the rain every once in a while, and yet to continue your song. Who is willing to be vulnerable? Godin answers for us – the leaders of tomorrow… that is what we need today. “I’m a leader and this is where I’m going… who is with me?”