What Personalization Means for Leadership Development Experiences

Defining Personalized Learning for Leadership Development

  • It’s Mine: It’s personal AND personalized. Personalized means based on your needs — not just your preferences, like learning via podcast or an article.
  • It’s Relevant: Leaders need to immediately understand how what they’re learning can help them in their everyday work. It can’t be abstract. And it needs to be proven to work because they don’t have time for anything else.
  • It’s Not Overwhelming: There are literally millions of resources out there on leadership. You can Google many of them right now. And many learning libraries are similar — they offer hundreds of teachers and topics, with little guidance on which ones you really need, or whether one approach is better than the other.
  • I Can Use This Right Now: Yes, there will be new concepts, but we’ve built in content and tools for leaders to check their understanding of the skills, then practice and apply it right away.
  • It’s Authentic: Content has to speak to the core of what they’re experiencing as a new leader and acknowledge the human side of leadership. It also must connect to the values, strategic priorities, and broader business purpose of the organization.

How to Use Technology to Personalize Learning

  • Assessment: Assessment is crucial for engagement. Leaders need to feel that their learning is based on their personal needs. Assessment makes strengths and weaknesses clear, so they know what they need to work on to get better.
  • Recommended Learning: Based on the assessment — as well as some other questions they may have answered, such as if they are a first-time leader — you want to employ a recommendation engine. This engine will serve up some short learning (think 30-minute modules) just for them. This can get them started with some foundational concepts.
  • Personalized Practice Tools: Personalized tools can then help them start to practice. What do we mean by personalized? Think things like a chatbot to help with coaching. Or a quick simulation to test understanding of concepts. These start to test their skills, but will be cemented as they practice with one another.
  • Personal Analytics: Participants have to be able to track their progress. What have they spent time on? Where have they not spent enough time and focus? Where have they made progress?
  • Individual Exploration: This can start to feed into some individual exploration of content. With the personalized steps they’ve already taken, they have a focus on where they may be able to explore next.
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