As a training and development consultant, I am regularly contacted to help clients develop and deliver training programs and over the years I’ve had to work hard to gain permission to back-track to the underlying needs and confirm that training really is the right solution.
As an educator I also love a good metaphor, so I was doubly pleased to read the article Needs + Solutions = Innovation and designer /strategist Dev Patnaik’s explanation that the difference between needs and solutions is the difference between a chasm and a bridge. I will enjoy asking my clients what terrain their employees need to cross and checking whether and what kind of bridge is the most efficient and effective solution.
A great question from colleague Karynne Courts of Values Connection: What makes learning satisfying?
My response: “I love ideas and concepts, and its really satisfying when I can put a concept into action and see how it works. One memorable one by Stephanie Burns was a twist on using a Timeline and your “bucket list”: Choose an age you’d like to live to, then divide your timeline from now to then into decades and spread your life goals across the decades.
I found all my goals were in the same decade – my thirties – and nothing after that. It really freed me up to put more big goals on the list – like completing an Ironman when I was into my forties. Or learning astronomy in my sixties. Or seeing the world switch to 100% renewable energy usage before I die!”