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2) A commitment to scheduling Find 15 time inadvance and making sure it is respectedIf the time has to be rescheduled try and make sure it isrescheduled into the current week. I have never let peoplecarry time over to the next week. Once you start doing thatfor one person everyone else starts doing it and then theprogramme slides back into a cycle of everyone never beingable to find the time again.If you’re running your own Find 15 programme, you mightfind that your daily 15 minutes is taken up finding valuablematerial. Train journeys, airport lounges, buses, coachesand cars are my regular study zones. Travel time can be arich time for catching up on web-based stuff (if internetaccess is available) but podcasts, white papers and a goodbook (whether digital or in print) are just as portable thesedays. Thank goodness for mobile technology!3) Proper recording of the Find 15 activities andoutcomesIn the early days we kept paper records, but these days(particularly when developing team skills) I’ve used wikisthat all team members can contribute to. This helpseveryone to see how everyone else is developing and sofosters an atmosphere of support and sharing (particularlyif links to resources are included). When employees seewhat resources their team members are using, they candiscuss the merits of them using these resources withtheir line manager. By giving staff the opportunity tobegin identifying useful content for themselves, you willencourage them to start taking control of their own learning(this links back to point 1, above). A private blog thatcan be shared with a line manager is a good alternativewhere Find 15 is being used by individuals as a tool forpersonal development. For individuals who are managingtheir own Find 15 programme, I thoroughly recommendthat you record the content and outcome of each set of15 minutes in a diary or blog. By entering the activitiesundertaken each day and then reflecting on them at somelater date, you can record any outcomes and further plans.It’s amazing how much you can demonstrate that you havegained in a year, especially if you are already keeping aprofessional development record for any associations orbodies that you belong to!What content should my Find 15programme consist of?I always recommend joining communities of practice,following the leaders in your industry on Twitter andfollowing relevant Linkedin discussions. Reading blogs,journals and magazines is also a great way to start gettingmotivated to improve your knowledge in a particular area.Finally, should I Find 15?Find 15 is simple to do, time and cost efficient and canbe as informal as you want it to be. Most importantly,it’s personal to each individual, whether they are doingit within a work organised programme or on their own.And when you bear in mind that the learning outcomesand benefits to the business or individual are tracked andvalued, it’s hard to refuse to give it a try. Yes, not everyonewill make the most of the opportunity by using their timewisely. But for those who get into the habit (which usuallymeans, those who have line managers who support,encourage and cajole them in the early days) the rewardsfor the individual, their team and their organisation aretangible. It can also provide a great mental break duringthe working day and often stimulates a lot of crossorganisationdiscussion on skills development. In a coupleof my clients, Find 15 has become so much part of theirculture that formal training courses even include scheduledtime for staff to do their Find 15. One thing that I’ve learntfrom doing this over the years is, once workers get into theFind 15 habit, they take control of their own learning and Ibelieve that is something really worth fostering.“Ordinary people thinkmerely of spending time.Great people think ofusing it.”(Author unknown)Advance, © Saffron Interactive 20115


Julie Wedgwood specialises in turning the theories and strategiesdeveloped by L&D Leaders into practical real world solutions thatharness learning technology to help organisations to work and learnsmarter. Julie views technology as a workplace learning enabler andbelieves that organisations can improve employee effectiveness,accelerate skills transfer efficiency and improve productivity withinthe workforce by using a rich mix of formal, informal and collaborativeapproaches.Julie has over 25 years experience of teaching and training across awide range of industry sectors in the UK, Europe and the USA. Shehas gained recognition as one of the leading learning architectsfor blended learning. Her current work involves customers in boththe public and private sector and she is in constant demand to helptrainers and teachers upgrade their skills to blend technology intotheir teaching practice. Recently labelled “the trainer’s trainer”,Julie is known to practise what she preaches and has a down toearth attitude that makes her case studies and experiences valuableexamples of good practice.Julie is a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, is amember of their Advisory Board and is a regular conference speaker,awards judge and contributor to Twitter (@juliewedgwood).Julie Wedgwood can be contacted on +44 07989 745771Gray’s Inn House127 Clerkenwell RoadLondonEC1R 5DBt: 020 7092 8900f: 020 7242 2757e: info@saffroninteractive.comISSN: 1478-7641Illustration by Karthik Subramanian© 2011 Saffron Interactive All rights reservedwww.saffroninteractive.com

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