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Launch a Five @ 5:00™ campaign

We’re pleased to bring you a guest blog post by Taavo Godtfredsen, an
Executive Producer at Skillsoft.

By
Taavo Godtfredsen
 

Looking
for a simple and sticky approach to promoting a culture of learning and
employee driven development? Search no further and Launch a Five @ 5:00
campaign in your organization.

Five
@ 5:00 focuses on the time-strapped employee (who isn’t today?) and connects a
simple behavioral change technique with a powerful process to enable people to
learn and reflect. First, the behavioral change technique.  As you
read this now, go to your calendar, and set a daily reoccurring meeting at 5
p.m. marked Five @ 5:00. Developing a new habit is much easier if we
change something in our environment and not rely on will power and intention
alone. Simply put, if we plan it, we are more likely to do it.

In just five
minutes, have employees do one or both of the following:

#1
LEARN: 
Make
employees aware of the learning resources available to them in your
organization and position what can be consumed in less than five minutes such
as a Skillsoft® Leadership Development Channel™ QuickTalk video or material from the
Skillsoft® Books24x7® ExecSummaries™ collection.  Make it easy and send
employees an Outlook invitation for Five @ 5:00 and include a list of learning
resources they can take advantage of with a description of this process. Recommend
they share their learning (in team meetings) and ask for suggestions on
which learning resources to promote for Five @ 5:00.

#2
REFLECT: 
Ask them to take a step back, think
strategically and reflect on what they can do differently or better. Better yet, have them take on Marshall
Goldsmith’s Daily Question Process
. The Daily Questions are developed by
the individual to help them realize their goals and live their values. At
5:00 each day, employee can evaluate their progress. On each question
(have them develop five or six to start), employees can either rate themselves
on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) or answer YES or NO. They can
also type in ideas or comments as they would in a journal. Here are a few
question examples.

  • How well did I listen to different points of
    view before giving my opinion? (1-10)
  • Did I provide positive recognition to an
    individual on my team? (YES or NO)
  • How well did I plan and execute my day?
    (1-10)

For
me, one of my Daily Questions is “Did I do my best to engage with my family?” It
can be challenging (to say the least) at the end of a day to adjust from employee
to parent and spouse. This simple question has had a wonderful effect on my
home life and will share a brief story to illustrate the power of this
process. One morning, approximately three months ago, we unexpectedly finished breakfast early and had a few minutes to spare. I looked at my seven year-old
daughter Viive who was waiting for me to holler, as I always do, “Time to go to
school!” Instead, I enthusiastically thundered with, “Want to draw a
picture with Dad?” My daughter’s face lit up the room and in no time, we
created the picture attached to this blog. This quality moment, and many others
since may not have happened if I didn’t have this simple question in my head.
Launch a Five @ 5:00 campaign and watch your employees
learn, grow and take new ownership of their engagement (at home and at work)
and development.  By accelerating their growth, you can accelerate the
growth of your organization.

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