Leading expert and consultant on brain-based learning design. President of Instructional Design Ltd., a company behind hundreds of successful corporate and educational programs both online and in-person, delivered in a variety of different languages. In addition to consulting with Fortune 500 organisations on learning projects, Olimpia is the founder of Book to Courses™ Online School whose main goal is to consult authors on how to transform a nonfictional book into online academies or apps. Author of “How People Learn” book.
The Neuroscience of Change and Learning
Business and project leaders from all industries tend to run into the same change management issues: regardless of the new technology or procedure being implemented, there’s usually some level of resistance from the organisation. According to research from the Center for Creative Leadership, 75% of change initiatives fail because of resistant company culture. We argue that very often this happens because organisations are like human brains—resistant to change and reliant on stability.
Though the workplace is often perceived as a logical, transaction-based environment, it is still occupied by humans—and we humans are emotional beings. When we drive some kind of change in the organisation or bring in new projects to the team, we must consider the impact it will have on our people. Knowing how the human brain works, how it perceives change and how it learns is essential for success. Every new skill we try to develop within each team member means change and development in their brain. Every new behaviour means change in the brain. And the question is: How much do we know about it to handle it right?
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