Train Leaders Where They Are
I occasionally get asked why I write the way that I write. If you have read a few posts on my blog, you will notice that they are not very long. A few thoughts or ideas and usually an application. The simple answer to why I write this way is – that is how I like to read blogs.
I commit a certain amount of time and attention differently to different mediums.
Twitter is a very quick glance, with little retention.
Blogs are a little more time and attention, but if the post goes past a page scroll, I will probably move on.
Books (yes, I still read books) are given a lengthy amount of time to read, comprehend and apply.
I think this trend has an application to how we train our leaders. Instead of using one method or medium for training, what if it was broken up into bite-size chunks that can reach people where they already are?
A short video that can be watched in less than 3 minutes on a mobile device.
A twitter account that is dedicated to 2-3 leadership thoughts a day.
2-3 recommended books a year, that are followed up with summary blog posts for further discussion.
Whatever we produce, it has to be mobile friendly. If it can’t be consumed on a phone/tablet, it probably won’t be consumed. It might be time to rethink what leadership training looks like in a completely mobile world.