100 Day Workout

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Background

The 100 day workout is built to be an active learning experience. Gaining new knowledge has little professional and commercial value if it is not translated into behaviour. There are too many people in the business world who spend their valuable time attending courses to gain new insights and learning – but spend little time converting this into behaviour that adds real personal and professional value.

If we are looking for behavioural change then this rarely comes overnight. Changing entrenched habits and behaviours takes time and in many cases a degree of discomfort or frustration. It can take time to know what specific thoughts, feelings or behaviours need to be modified, time to practice the changes and time to understand the addictive factors that cause reversion to old behaviours. 100 days doesn’t guarantee the new habit will stick – but it will improve the odds!

The notion of a workout is quite important and very specific in its use. There is often a semantic and symbolic set of associations with the word ‘Training’. It invokes a sense of:

  • being done to or detachment from the process
  • of a god-like being at the front who imparts the gift of instant wisdom
  • draws upon childhood memories of sitting in a stuffy classroom with achy legs, stiff back and weary brain

Whereas the word ‘Workout’ by its very nature suggests a different view:

  • an active involvement by the participant
  • that the instructor is part of the process and has in most cases suffered the same pain being experienced by the participant
  • invokes a sense of action and mobilisation

This is not to suggest that the ‘100 Day Workout’ programme will be about lots of people running around in tight leotards in cold gyms – but it will be about working with people who want to ‘do something new’ as well as ‘know something new’. The title seeks to reinforce the assumption that learning must be an active and not a passive process. And as such it will take effort and energy on the part of the participant. In the same way that you don’t lose weight by sitting on the settee – we believe you don’t get new behaviours by sitting in a classroom. In many cases we learn new ways of doing things by playing, practising, failing and then finally succeeding. The application of new management thoughts, feelings and behaviours is no different!

Programme Design

The programme consists of a series of 1 day team events interspaced by a set of agreed actions back at the workplace (or at home). Each event introduces and explores a range of key ideas from a management toolkit. This toolkit has been taken from the range of books written by Mick Cope and published by Pearson/FT.

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Please note: The whole idea behind this programme is to deliver sustainable behavioural change – the content of the programme is built in partnership with the client according to the business and delegate needs.

It does this by addressing five topic areas within discrete workshops. The critical part of this programme is the linking that sits between the workshops. For each session they will:

  • Learn new ideas;
  • Apply them back at the work place (with team support)
  • Feedback to the group on their experience

At the end of the ‘100 Day Workout’ – there will be a formal closure session where each delegate has 30 mins to present:

  • Their learning from the programme;
  • What behaviours they have tried to change
  • The consequential business benefit
  • How they have shared their learning to the good of other team members
  • Where they plan to go next with their development