Taking them through the life lessons of getting comfortable with the adults of the pride, she also encouraged them to simulate hunting by ambushing her.
She probably knew it wouldn't take much time for the peer pressure to set in, on the defiant cub.
And, she was right. In a little while, she felt her tail being nibbled at, by the stubborn little one, with a reconciliatory look on his face. He was willing to be trained.
This is what happens with us humans too. The inherent need to 'belong' instills in us the capacity to change our behaviors to suit the peer psyche.
Extend this reasoning to an organizational atmosphere, it so perfectly fits in. One doesn't want to be left behind, one doesn't want to be looked down upon and therefore, one nurtures an active interest to catch up. Learning happens by compulsion even in very informal moments.Organizations would do well, by taking stock of this basic psychological reality. By remembering that brilliant things happen in absolutely informal and fun moments!
So, designing the system in a way that learning percolates through this 'social learning' channel is surely a creative and effective route to 'reach' the employees. 'Cos, they have to be an ever-fresh talent pool that would keep the organization's competitive health in good stead.
E-Learning modules designed to educate the staff, for instance, would enjoy a better penetration, if the social learning mode is enabled. Where observational learning and imitation come into play, helping a spontaneous learning!
The entire concept of learning works on this simple, yet beautiful premise...
All of us love to move in pride!
(Nirmal Ranganathan, Instructional Designer, C2 Workshop)