All three of these contribute to a particular mindset: Mastery. It’s easy to produce a product or contribute to a team, but to be at the top of your profession, you need a different mindset than everyone else. There is a reason why Apple products are so distinctive, and why world class athletes can’t get by on raw talent alone. So in this post, I'd like to highlight how the Learning Model Canvas (LMC) helps a leader be a master of timing.
Right Moment, Right Opportunity
“... people know when it’s a good or bad time to bring up a new idea, when to schedule a meeting and when to send out an email request. Call it political savvy or just plain street smarts."
This goes beyond catching an executive in a good mood to pitch an idea. Savvy leaders consistently strive to know their business, sell their business, and measure their business. By staying connected to the Components of the LMC, especially Customer Segments and desired Business Outcomes, a leader can gain buy-in (i.e. sell) a learning solution that alleviates a company's pain point at the right moment. Masters know that whether it surfaces in a private meeting or a broadcast email, executives are willing to listen to ideas that solve big problems.
Iterate, Prove Success
"Some innovations just need a 'lean startup' approach, where a small pilot is tested in part of the organization, and then a series of rapid adjustments are made until the product is proven and ready to go to scale throughout the organization."
Savvy leaders treat learning experiences as products. And like good product managers, they strive to make sure the product succeeds. In the Design Component of the LMC, agile development is becoming the norm as leaders test the effectiveness of learning experiences before a full launch. ADDIE does have it’s place, but iterative models like Success Approximation Model (SAM) and Lot Like Agile Methods Approach (LLAMA) are gaining popularity. Masterful leaders will plan and staff the learning org appropriately (Key Resources) so they can prove the value of an experience and rapidly scale successful tests.
Stay Focused and Aware
"Having done the homework well, they display confidence and internal fortitude to stay focused. Yet the master possesses the humility to be open to learn and adjust when necessary."
The confident leader stays focused on the Value Proposition to keep the Golden Thread (component interdependencies) intact. They have a proven organization learning model and deliver results! However, they are also eager to continuously learn from their Customer Segments and the industry as a whole. In this way, masters can adjust purposefully to their customers' future needs and changing expectations of learning experiences.
Establishing the right mindset and mastering timing is critical to be at the top of your profession. The LMC helps to plan deliberately and swiftly so that your tactics aren't ruined by poor timing. If you have questions about the LMC or are ready to start one of your own, drop me a line or leave a comment below.