We’ve talked before about the issues that individuals (and organisations) face when looking to implement changes in the shape of new tools or techniques.
Removed from the buzz of the education session or seminar (where the new technique has been learned) and back in the reality of the ‘day job’ it becomes hard to make the time and take the opportunities to apply the new techniques.
What often happens in this situation is that we think ‘On this occasion it will be easier to do it the old way’ or ‘It will be easier to do it myself’. As a result we end up not using the new skill for a period of time, and so we forget some of the elements, or lose the enthusiasm. Then we revert to old ways, and nothing changes – with a resultant waste of money, time and effort.
We use ‘coaching cafes’ as part of our development programmes to embed learning. In these, one technique we use is to ask people to identify the benefits they will get from applying the new techniques in the real world. It takes around 30 days to establish a new habit, so unless you find a way to keep reminding yourself of the benefit of what you are doing, and as a result, make time to use the new tool or approach for this kind of period, it is very unlikely that it will stick.
The approach we use in our programmes is as follows:
Remember -‘If you don’t use it you’ll lose it’.
What tools or techniques have you learned recently that inspired or excited you and that would make a difference if you applied them to your day to day leadership practices? Before it’s too late, take a few minutes alone or with a colleague/group to identify the WIIFM for you and commit to doing something to apply your learning so that you can gain the benefits.