Why Traditional Trainings Fail
Pendaran uses the Virtual Workplace Simulator as the core of its learning environment. This operational learning environment works like a flight simulator for business, allowing us to transform learning by providing practical, real-time experiences.
The simulator creates an environment that supports learning by doing. No neurosurgeon ever read a powerpoint presentation then stepped into an operating suite. No pilot ever flew a jet after sitting through hours and hours of being talked at in a training class. No astronaut read a book, then headed over to a space shuttle.
But that’s how many businesses approach implementing change in the workplace.
A recent McKinsey & Company white paper, Experiential learning: What’s missing in most change programs, describes findings that indicate at least two-thirds of attempted business transformations don’t adequately meet objectives.1 Only one in ten companies actually sustains cost improvements beyond four years.
Traditional training fails because it doesn’t offer opportunities to learn through experience.
Again McKinsey, “In the workplace, experiential learning has a long tradition, having proved itself over time to be the most effective means to acquire skills.”
When it comes to the systematic acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to support business transformations, success depends on a combination of intellectual comprehension and hands-on experience. In modern corporate settings, effective capability builders rely on dedicated experiential-learning programs to achieve the results they need. Our latest research shows, however, that too many companies struggle with capability challenges while leaving the path of experiential learning unexplored.