Knowledge is Power and is to be Shared – comes from the Free Guide – ‘Are You Annoyed by How Little Line Managers Support the Skills Training of Their Teams?’
Yes, knowledge is power and is to be shared.
Dr. Edwin Locke conducted a piece of pioneering research in the 1960s on goal setting and motivation. In his article, ‘Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives,’ he states that clear goals and appropriate feedback motivate employees. He also says that working towards a goal provides a major motivation actually to reach the goal. And this, in turn, improves performance.
This research is an important piece of knowledge to share with Line Managers, because by understanding the essence of this research, Line Managers can improve the performance of their teams. ‘Sell more’, ‘Do it better’, and ‘I need it done next week’ are phrases of the past. You need to replace them.
A Line Manager will agree that setting SMART objectives with their Learner will achieve great things. In contrast, telling Learners to ‘Be a better time manager’ will achieve very little.
For example, ‘Be able to use the 4D Time Management tool effectively to assess and deal with emails more efficiently’ is a specific objective that will achieve much better results. Line Managers who understand this premise will feel more informed. They will also be able to implement this simple technique to achieve better results.
Share the essence of the research with the Line Managers. This is to empower them to task their Learners with improving their performance. If you would like a specific example for each skill, please contact us.