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The Scariest Thing About Learning Teams

After laying the ground work of Human & Organizational Performance, we pretty quickly start to lean towards the use of Learning Teams. Getting operational learning happening is a critical step of the HOP journey.

What's so scary about that?

Listen in:

But really, what's the best way to learn how to do a learning team? Do a learning team.

I know, I know, it feels scary. Heck, it is scary! Doing something a bit different is always scary. But don't let that stop you - don't let that fear keep you from getting started.

You can counter some of those heebie jeebies by prepping, and prepping well. There are many great books out there that will provide you with a straightforward approach to Learning Teams and offer you some practical tips for success - books like 10 Ideas and Bob's Guide to name a couple.

We also have many great free resources HERE, multiple BLOG posts, and tons of episodes on The HOP Nerd Podcast that can help get you ready.

"Ok, you've convinced me to facilitate my first Learning Team, now what?"

A few things:

  • Pick a "safe to fail" starting point

  • Prep some "better questions" prior to your sessions

  • Be curious

  • Learn for the sake of learning

Lastly, don't be afraid of getting it a bit wrong, because you are going to. We all get it wrong. That's how this works - we experiment, we try, we test, we learn, and we improve. There is nothing perfect about that. In fact, getting great at Learning Teams usually involves a healthy dose of getting wrong.


Sam Goodman

The HOP Nerd LLC



Sam Goodman is the founder and independent Human and Organizational Performance practitioner of The HOP Nerd LLC. He is the author of multiple books focused on Human & Organizational Performance, the safety of work, and the safety profession, and the host and producer of The HOP Nerd Podcast. Sam is an experienced safety and HOP practitioner, accomplished author, passionate speaker, and respected consultant and coach.

 With extensive experience in the field, Sam has worked with a diverse range of industries, including commercial nuclear generation, utilities, construction, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, transportation, and more. He has collaborated with numerous organizations to operationalize and embed HOP principles and techniques.

In addition to his consulting work, Sam is a prolific author, sharing his knowledge and insights through various publications. His latest book, the best-selling "10 Ideas to Make Safety Suck Less," has become a vital resource for professionals in the HOP field.

Sam offers the flexibility, passion, and know-how to help your organization begin, or go further on its HOP journey.     

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