I took the family on a short hike this weekend. The kids
weren’t keen, but I insisted. Like many families, there are times when we exist together but separately: one watching TV, one playing computer games, one reading and one busy doing chores or work. Taking a walk into the countryside with no distractions forces conversation. I heard about my daughters art project and my sons camp. They heard tales from my childhood. It was illuminating.
By coincidence I’d had two conversations with two different clients last week about the value in getting people into a training room… It forces them together. It forces conversation. Both clients commented that just locking managers in a room for 3 hours with no agenda would be valuable.
When we make time for colleagues (or family) to talk, listen and share stories (and problems) we learn. That’s why live training always has been and always will be incredibly useful, and although designing (and sometimes delivering) workshops isn’t the only thing we do, it still forms an important part of the L&D mix.