Customized Modules – Tailoring Peer2Peer Learning for your company’s needs

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How does Peer-to-Peer Learning support the Five Disciplines? The Five Disciplines of the Learning Organization include: Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Team Learning, Shared Vision, and Systems Thinking. The discussion which follows demonstrates how Peer-to-Peer Learning supports all five of these disciplines. Discipline 1 - Personal Mastery Personal Mastery describes the strength of people to be proactive and keep on learning in order to continuously achieve results which are important for them. The two key factors of this discipline are: 1. Defining what is important to us and 2. Being able to see the current reality as it is. The essence [...]

In his epic book The Fifth Discipline published in 1990, Peter Senge – a Professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – coined the phrase “Learning Organization”. This idea of an adaptable organization that transforms itself through learning caught the attention and imagination of many academics and management practitioners worldwide. Peter M. Senge, The art and practice of the learning organization: Currency - The Crown Publishing Group - New York 1990, second edition 2006 You can see why such a concept was attractive then and is arguably equally if not more attractive now. Learning at the level of the individual [...]

6 Key Benefits for your Organization

6 Key Benefits for your Organization

Peer-2-Peer Learning is a novel approach to employee development Peer-2-Peer Learning (P2P) can enhance can company’s development programs in a myriad of ways while at the same time improving its organizational effectiveness.  P2P could be used in any business or organization toward achieving the following goals:             1. Providing development opportunities where none (or few) existed before             2. Enhancing existing development programs             3.Supporting the effectiveness of existing competency models             4. Enhancing inter-organizational networking             5. Bolstering change initiatives             6. Turbo-charging internal communications P2P offers both a flexible, low-cost approach to develop organizational skills P2P is not [...]

Cost-effective learning in organizations

Cost-effective learning in organizations

A Peer to Peer (P2P) learning session brings 4 employees together with an experienced Learning Coach for a module discussion lasting 90 minutes. Content for these sessions has been developed by world-wide acknowledged professors and expert management practicioners.  The CoachingOurselves© content library consists of a diverse set of topics ranging from complex issues such as strategy, marketing and branding to practical day to day issues such as managing effective meetings or optimally managing one's personal time and energy.  Our experienced content design experts at Ensemble Enabler offer companies the opportunity to create customized content modules to address their specific business [...]

Solving the Challenge of Sustainable Learning in a Business Setting Peer-to-Peer learning (P2P) is a flexible and agile concept which consists of bringing four people together with an experienced Learning Coach for a 90 minute learning session.  The content of these P2P sessions draws from a growing library of more than 80 modules on topics written by a select group of the world's leading business professors and experts.  Specific content can be customized designed by Ensemble Enabler to meet your company's distinctive needs. This all sounds simple, but the everyday routine and time constraints often interfere with such initiatives. The [...]

The essence of our collaboration with a family-owned business over the past four years has been to develop unique ways to maximize the innovative potential of their meetings. The resulting new meeting strategy captures the knowledge and experience of clients and employees as a means to further develop their business. The following case study illustrates how the power of adopting a 21st century approach for the design of participatory meetings provides concrete and usable results for businesses.  The meeting in question took place over the course of a full day.  In this instance, 60 participants representing key stakeholders in the [...]

A unique process to foster individual, team and organizational learning Coaching Ourselves is a peer-to-peer learning process which enables employees to learn from and with each other. It provides a framework through which employees are able increase both their knowledge and skills in specific business areas on-site at their business location. By expanding their skill-set and know-how, employees are empowered to personally contribute to creating a more agile organization. (Take a look at the following introduction for a detailed overview to Enable Enabler's approach to peer-to-peer learning: The Value of Peer-to-Peer Learning for your Organization Recognizing the power of providing [...]

Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions

Emotions and Leadership As we prepare tomorrow's business leaders, not enough is being invested in teaching them the basics of what it means to be human.  Their preparation typically consists of an on-going accumulation of factual knowledge combined with the acquisition of a spectrum of business skills.  It is apparent when looking at this kind of work preparation, that the focus is on the content and the process of the work to be done. Much less is invested in the ability to relate to whom they are actually leading: human beings.  Learning to work with and lead people is for the most part often left to be learned on the [...]

Getting started with Peer-to-Peer Learning

Getting started with Peer-to-Peer Learning

Coaching Ourselves - the peer-to-peer learning process - combines state of the art management content with the benefits of social learning. This approach provides a cost effective way to develop people and is easy to implement.  Your business can take the following three steps to introduce this process into your organization: 1. Test it with a team   If you are intrigued by the concept of the Coaching Ourselves approach by Henry Mintzberg - try it out.  Select a team for a 90 minute practice session.  The team consists of four people  (which is an optimal group size for a learning experience) who are accompanied by one of [...]

Focusing on the future Feedback is an essential element of good leadership and high performance teams.  Individuals cannot function in a vacuum.  They need to know what they are doing well and what they need to improve. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith - a well known management educator and coach notes that feedback has a fundamental limitation.  Feedback by its very nature looks at the past instead of looking ahead towards the future.  This makes feedback potentially static and undynamic.  The past cannot be changed. It is in the future that possibilities for development reside. To address this fundamental flaw in feedback [...]

Holocracy - an organic approach to organizing work

Holocracy - an organic approach to organizing work

Encountering Holocracy I became aware of Holocracy in 2016 when I read an article in the German language newspaper Handelsblatt on the recent work of the distinguished Professor Gary Hamel who is known for introducing the concept of c ore competencies in the 1990s. This theory suggests that companies can build a sustainable competitive advantage by identifying and investing in the core processes that drive their business.  In more recent years, Hamel's work has taken a very different direction. He is concerned with the future of management. He believes that in many ways hierarchical management is actually impeding the generation of value.  Somewhere in the footnotes of [...]

Lifelong learning Knowledge is accumulating at an ever increasing pace in today's world. As a result, fostering lifelong learning is regarded as essential for a company's on-going success. Individuals continue to learn throughout the course of their working lives. Companies support their employees' learning journey by offering a broad spectrum of courses and trainings as part of their management development programs. Normally such formal courses and trainings are based on an established template and carried out again and again. Often external experts with specific know-how present this knowledge to the participants. This may provide the most effective way to promote learning centered [...]

A shift in Leadership for a digitalized world

A shift in Leadership for a digitalized world

The challenges of the digital revolution are compelling us to review our understanding of what comprises good leadership.  In the not too distant past, one of middle managers’ main responsibilities was the transfer of information throughout the organization.  Today much of that information is available at a click of a button.   In the not too distant past, most of the information was to be found at the top of the organization.  Today it is everywhere throughout the organization and it is quite likely that key strategic information does not necessarily reside in the C-Suite.  As a matter of fact, in [...]

Reaping the Full Benefit

Reaping the Full Benefit

The Forum On March 9th, the Boehringer Ingelheim 7th Annual Forum on Sustainable Pork Production took place in Krakow, Poland.  The participants were some of the largest pork producers from all over the world including Australia, Chile, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.  Attendance is by invitation only. Boehringer Ingelheim's Vetmedica division conceived the idea for this Forum back in 2009.  The intent was to create a meeting place to exchange perspectives and practices among some of the main players in the industry.  Initially the meeting was labeled the [...]

A Fish Out of Water

A Fish Out of Water

PMG is a medium size company specializing in the manufacturing of automotive parts.  New management was recently hired to lead the organization into the next phase of the company's development.  After a review of the business, the leadership embarked on several strategic change initiatives. How could the management be better prepared to guide these initiatives in an effective manner? Taking the Fish out of the Water A fish does not know what water is until it is taken out of the water.   Similarly, leaders and managers in organizations often do not see the water around them either – until [...]