How we learn

Improving your performance by understanding how we learn

There are many theories around leadership and management and new books are released almost weekly. In today’s fast paced moving environment, it becomes necessary to demonstrate ongoing performance improvement in order to add value to an organisation and to ensure it is resourced and capable of achieving its goals to effectively compete and sustain viability. For an organisation to invest in its people means it is investing in its future – people are regarded as the most important asset and their personal development is key.

The cycle of learning

To help us understand how this is achieved, lets explore David Kolb’s (US psychologist) Experiential Learning Cycle. In this model Kolb suggests that the most effective learning occurs when people progress through the four stages of the cycle as shown below.

 David Kolb Experiential learning Cycle

Kolb (1975) views learning as an integrated process with each stage being mutually supportive of, and feeding into, the next. Our ILM programmes have been designed in such a way as to ensure this process is accurately followed. You will learn about the various elements of coaching and once you have a plan of action you will then have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt from carefully designed assignments. These will challenge you by encouraging you to reflect and think about what you do and then how to further develop your coaching practice..


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