The Practice of Learning Teams
Starting The Journey of Everyday Learning - Part One
August 4, 2021
Welcome to the 46th episode of the podcast series. In today's show, Glynis McCarthy, Brent Robinson and I start the conversation about learning from everyday work.
Hi Safety FM listeners, this is Brent Sutton, one of the co-hosts of the new podcast series The Practice of Learning Teams, with my fellow co-hosts Glynis McCarthy and Brent Robinson.

Our goal is to support you on your journey and build a better community of practice for Learning Teams.

On today's show, Glynis McCarthy, Brent Robinson and I start the conversation about learning from everyday work.

During the writing of the 2019 book “The Practice of Learning Teams”, we explored the opportunities for learning from everyday work using Learning Teams.

We explored that historically, Learning Teams have mainly been used after events such as incidents or accidents to gain further understanding and learnings to make improvements to the system.

And that organizations need to explore the broader view of opportunities for learning that are presented in everyday work; management of change; and when events happen.

And how those opportunities for learning impact worker learning at both an individual and work team level, operational learning and organizational learning.

We explored that there are two types of opportunities for learning:

1) From successful work and unsuccessful work; and
2) Through the eyes of the worker and the organization.

When Learning Teams are undertaken for unsuccessful work (such as an event), the group will recount using hindsight, the story of how work gets done including the normal variability, complexity and coupling that exists; and how each person saw the event unfold.

When Learning Teams are undertaken for successful work, the group will discuss and extrapolate using prior knowledge, observations and experiences about a present or known situation/problem and use that to foresee what could happen, and the impact to workers, others and the organization.

The opportunities to learn from successful work can be present before work starts (planning), during work (doing and checking) and completing work (post review, reflection and acting on).

In April 2021 we released a video on Everyday Learning, where we explored a method of worker engagement and reflection in a construction environment.

This video has had many thousands of views, and many more organisations are beginning to have a wider discussion on learning from everyday work.

In late August, early September. We will be publishing a white paper on everyday learning in collaboration with Dr Todd Conklin and Jeffery Lyth.

Today’s podcast is the start of that broader conversation.

Please sit back and enjoy as we discuss the journey of Everyday Learning. 

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