11 March 2016

Develop clarity when your training workload stretches beyond your comfort zone

If work is becoming increasingly exhausting or complex lately, why not consider taking time out to 'gerberise'?

What do I mean? Well, that’s a term that business strategist and coach Michael Gerber calls working ON your business, and not working IN your business.

Take a current operational snapshot and ask yourself, what needs to change for things to be done quickly, inexpensively, smoothly, effectively and sustainably, so you and your team come out of it alive and thriving, not just barely surviving the pressure?


You can try to buy time, but from my experience time seems to be always out-of-stock. Otherwise, you can count on other people’s brains, and smarter technology.

And if you’re taking care of training, induction or development, a particular piece of disruptive technology could transform everything.

In this case, disruption is a good thing. A profitable, sanity-saving thing.

Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen coined the term ‘disruptive technology’ for that which displaces established practices and shakes up the industry. Goodbye status quo, hello new playing field.

For example, the personal computer was the disruptive technology that displaced the typewriter; mobile Internet and Facebook transformed the way people communicate; and Google and cloud computing put an encyclopedia in the palm of every connected person’s hand. Early adopters of such get a larger piece of the profit pie.

We have something that could shake off the high cost, the long wait, and the ‘oh no not again’ to transform the way training gets done in your workplace.

I would like you to think about the times you need to learn how to use a new software, a new program. Think about your options: read the text heavy user guide or search for a ‘how-to’ video. I think we will all agree on the answer.