Saturday, May 30, 2009

Short Attention Spans

If you want to see people sleep, just put a bunch of construction folks in a classroom.  We can't help it, but we're just more prone to stay awake when we're building something or pounding a few bottles of Shiner Bock (that's a Texas beer, for those of you having the misfortune of not living in the Lone Star State).  We're just not house-cats, if you know what I mean.  That's why I was happy to come across this article from the incredibly, incredibly, incredibly useful Gemba Pante Rei blog:

Basically, a one-point lesson is just a quick 5-10 minute learning opportunity focusing on a single topic (either basic knowledge, an improvement example, or a problem example).  I think this is an ideal format for developing people in the construction industry.  On construction sites, we're trained to "stay busy" and move from one task to the next.  With this mentality, we need to have an efficient and focused way of training our associates.

P.S. Be sure to check out the free template that is provided in the "One-Point Lesson" link above; it's a good one.

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