Training Methods, Training Content, and the Golden Circle

I imagine that most of the folks reading this blog post are familiar with Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle. But if you’re not, no worries—check out this video!

We’ve written about the Golden Circle before, and we’ll probably write about it again because we think it’s important—starting with the end in mind matters.

Our Golden Circle 

So what does this look like at Lessonly?

Our “Why” is to help people do better work and live better lives. 

Our “How” is the Lessonly platform, a simple cloud-based learning management system.

Our “What” is meaningful, bite-sized training that allows learners to practice and refine what they’re learning in an on-the-job training process.

These days there are more training methods than you can shake a stick at. Technology-based training, modern training methods, traditional training methods like classroom lectures and role playing, and the list goes on. Regardless of if your training approach looks like an on-the-job training process or more of a coaching training method, the bottom line is this—any training is better than no training. There are pluses and minuses to all of these options, and there is no perfect way to enable teams to do Better Work. But we think digital training is certainly one of the best.

The Golden Circle in Action

What’s our goal as a company committed to great training? Pick the methods of training and development and the training delivery methods that kick open the most doors for our customers to learn and grow.

Because we sell training software, our “What” is digital training content. And the question most people who use Lessonly ask is, “What content should be I put in this lesson?”

Here’s the thing—training is not the same as education. Training is about teaching skills. It’s about learning how to do what we need to do in our jobs the best that we can. It’s all fine and good to use one or more of the training methods outlined above to deliver a lesson to a team of people, but how can we be sure that each learner actually acquired the skills presented to them? Training, at its best, is focused. So how do we build tailored, exceptional training? Conceptually, it’s actually pretty simple. 

Design the test first. 

What It Means to Design the Test

I can’t take credit for this idea. I learned it many years ago at a training class I attended at the University of Michigan, and it’s had a profound effect on how I decide what training method to use, what training content to include, and what metrics to measure to make sure the training stuck. Starting with the test (and there are many kinds of tests) keeps me focused on only what is needed. It doesn’t absolutely ensure successful training, but it certainly increases the odds of a great outcome. 

In Lessonly, this might look like scattering knowledge checks around a lesson. Or building a quiz at the end to make sure the most important information was conveyed clearly and successfully. Training methods for employees should vary depending on the level of technicality of the training, but measuring the impact of training is a non-negotiable. And it’s a lot easier when we design the test first and build applicable training second. 

So what? Or should I say, so why?

Let’s recap. 

What is the “Why” of training? 

  • To give learners the skills needed to be successful at the work they are doing. 

What is the “What” of training? 

  • The skills and knowledge a learner needs to pass the test and perform in their roles. 

And the “How” of training? 

  • Deliver training via a training method that prepares learners to pass the test. 

I’m biased, but my training methodology starts and ends with an excellent online learning management system. Specifically Lessonly. With Lessonly, on-the-job training methods are streamlined into one easy place with endless opportunities for learning, practicing, and ultimately performing. And I haven’t talked with Simon Sinek, but my guess is he’d agree that starting with “Why” and designing the test first makes training a whole lot more simple and impactful.

Start with Lessonly to Start with “Why”

Elevate your employee training with powerfully simple software from Lessonly. Lessonly’s training tool makes it easy to continuously train teams, so new employees and reps can learn,  practice, and perform together like never before. Get a demo to see how you can Do Better Work today!

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