Building Excellence Through People…The Learning Individual Learning Styles and Performance Practices

Susan M. Rundle, CEO and President, Performance Concepts International, Ltd. -- International Learning Styles Center, USA,   Dr. Colin Hankinson, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

In today’s fast, complex, and shifting environments, there is an ongoing need to increase productivity, develop new skills, change behavior, and learn new and complex material. Thus, people face the formidable task of adapting to the day-to-day challenges of having to learn and do more, better, faster! Performance Concepts International’s response to this challenge is a return to basics.
When people have access to resources that help them with these challenges, you will find that learning time decreases, motivation increases, there is a positive shift in attitude, and performance improves — all of which equate to increased profits. The Building Excellence Inventory® (BE) (©1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 R. Dunn and S. Rundle) and its resultant report, The Guide to Individual Excellence™ (GIE) (©1997, 2000 S. Rundle), are two such resources. BE identifies and measures twenty elements that either hinder or stimulate learning and performance. GIE focuses on learning and performance practices using a system that helps align individuals with a common purpose, while at the same time maximizing their differences.
By providing individuals with a self-reflective analysis of how they learn new and complex information and how they perform tasks and improve systems, they will develop strategies to enhance communication skills, study skills, team interactions, and work processes. The ultimate goal is for individuals to develop confidence such that they will advocate for their natural learning needs and performance strengths regardless of the environment.
BE and GIE afford people:
® An opportunity to identify their (individual) natural learning strengths and link those strengths to performance.
® The freedom to explore their untapped potential and experience their individuality.
® The choice to become enlightened with new information or to amplify and validate what is already known.
® An opportunity to discover, advocate, and achieve educational, business, and personal success based on self-awareness.
GIE provides people with a framework for understanding:
® The specific factors that will help them build a state for learning; the optimal state in which they are able to concentrate on, process, absorb, retain new information, and develop new skills.
® Their preferred methods for making decisions and solving problems.
® Their preferred way of processing information.
® The stress factors that affect the ability to concentrate for extended periods which, in turn, decrease productivity.
® Their preferred working atmosphere (immediate surroundings) when concentrating.
® The most productive strategies for each of their strengths.
® The specific learning and performance competencies that create higher job performance and educational achievement.
® How applying the optimal learning and performance practices can enhance self-motivation.
® Diversity beyond race, class, and gender.
® That strengths and preferences vary from person to person.
® How to manage and coach people with a greater awareness of differences by understanding that the strengths of their employees create the strengths of the managers.

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