Learning Teams

What is a Learning Team?

Learning Teams are a method to learn about operations and understand how people and systems perform within an organisation’s context.

HOP recognises that workers are the experts in how work gets done – and how they are able to adapt to the ever-changing complexities that come with it. Put simply, Learning Teams allow your people to provide both the insight into their work and being a part of ways to make it better. Specifically, a Learning Team is a facilitated conversation with field experts to share their insights, experiences and stories about their work. The outcome is a holistic understanding of how they navigate every-day operations, with a positive focus on building system resilience.

What do Learning Teams provide?

This context-rich information gained from the process identifies the real problems, where systems may be brittle and what is working well, which fosters decisions and actions that are relevant to building system resilience. Learning Teams provide a collaborative approach to improve and enhance operations, capacity and rigour around critical controls. The true strength of Learning Teams is that the focus is on normal operations. While this can be useful in incident response activities, they can be used at any time to learn, providing a proactive means to safety management.

Learning Teams can generate reports and actions much like traditional safety activity methods, however the real benefits are seen in the engagement and commitment generated. There is a basic human need to be heard, understood and included. Learning Teams provide a platform for this to happen, and the stories shared post-learning team sessions can be transformational. The depth of learning and insight from the process enables better comprehension of problems, creating effective solutions and allows for informed decision making.

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What is a Learning Team?

How do you facilitate a Learning Teams approach?

Successful Learning Teams involve leadership sponsorship and an impartial position of the Facilitator in which worker experts can share openly. Our experienced team can guide you through every step of the process and culminate the learnings into tangible actions.

Independent Learning Team Facilitation and Coaching

Whether you are looking for long term support with Learning Teams or short term assistance while your own team builds confidence and capability, our experienced HOP team can facilitate Learning Teams at your organisation. An independent consultant, separate from the organisational hierarchy can at times gain insights not readily shared internally, this is particularly the case in the early stages of HOP integration. As a standalone service or as part of a comprehensive undertaking, our team can assist with Learning Team facilitation.

Learning Teams Training

The Southpac team provide comprehensive training in HOP and Learning Teams. Developed in cooperation with the world’s leading practitioners of HOP and Learning Teams, our course will provide you and your team with both the confidence and the skills to begin running Learning Teams back in your organisation. Training is available publicly and in-house by arrangement or as part of a wider HOP commitment. For more information about Learning Teams training see the HOP Learning Teams course page.

Contact us below for Learning Teams training or facilitating a Learning Teams project within your organisation.

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