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new workstations or office layouts,
disrupt employees' mental maps. The
same is true when people's professional
networks are affected by change like an
M&A or reorganization. People invest in
developing professional relationships,
building trust and rapport over time.
Many
change
initiatives
erase
the
results of that effort, forcing people to
start over and experience mental and
physical fatigue as the brain makes
those updates.
The Basal Ganglia Turns New
Behaviors into Habits
The basal ganglia is responsible for
turning frequent behaviors into habits.
It shifts the activity from requiring
concentration to something people can
do on autopilot. On average, it takes
40-50 repetitions of a new behavior to
form a habit. Change initiatives usually
require employees to shift from welldeveloped
habit loops to new behaviors
that are awkward and uncomfortable.
Simply put, people must concentrate
until they sufficiently learn the new
cues and routines, which takes time and
energy. Often, organizations ask people
to go through a change without giving
them the support or time needed to
build those repetitions.
LEARNING PROS:
Get Smarter About Driving Change
By leveraging brain science, learning pros can help everyone in the organization
move through change effectively, despite being biologically wired to resist it:
* Executives and senior leaders with the strategic view of the organization
need skills for designing effective change and creating a culture of resilience.
* Managers responsible for leading their teams through change initiatives
need to communicate effectively. They also need the EQ to navigate
employee resistance and keep people motivated.
* Employees need to be supported and motivated to embrace change in a
way that harnesses the power of the brain's wiring.
The Habenula Can Drive
Reluctance for Future Change
The habenula controls decision-making
and actions using chemical guardrails
to moderate behavior. When a person
does something right - like successfully
completing a project - the brain releases
the " feel-good " chemicals dopamine and
serotonin as a reward. When a person
makes a poor choice, the habenula
restricts the flow of those chemicals,
eliciting a bad feeling. It suppresses
motivation and nudges the person away
from the source of the failure. Because
most change initiatives fail on some level
- think over-budget or behind schedule
- people become more reluctant to
embrace change over time, which can
ultimately impact the organization's ability
to hit its strategic goals.
Change Fatigue
Knowing the " why "
helps the amygdala
perceive change as
less threatening.
Change fatigue is the lingering mental
and physical tiredness people feel
when they cannot keep up with the
pace or volume of change coming their
way. Overlapping changes - such as
continual adjustments to the pandemic
- strain someone's ability to successfully
cope. Signs of change fatigue in the
workplace include disengagement,
exhaustion, absenteeism, confusion,
conflict and cynicism.
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Organizations commonly see a decline
in performance, even among top
performers. Because the human body
cannot sustain unending change,
employees often disengage since caring
less about their job and workplace
means they don't feel as affected by it.
Employees also learn how to " play the
change game " by looking like they are
participating without truly expending
much energy. In turn, leaders mistakenly
believe change is happening.
PROVEN WAYS TO
ENHANCE EMPLOYEE
ADAPTABILITY
Given all the ways the brain affects how
people cope with change, it's smart to
develop strategies that account for
those natural responses. The following
strategies can be applied in different
combinations during times of change.
Map Out the What and Why
Employees are much more likely to
reach the desired destination when they
understand where they're going and why.
* Explain the change and reason for it.
Knowing the " why " helps the amygdala
perceive change as less threatening and

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021

Diagnosing Learner Needs
Table of Contents
Level Setting Performance Improvement versus Training
Responsible Applications of Performance Support Technologies
Performance Improvement is Inside Out
3 Levels of Performance Improvement
Using Science to Create Real Behavioral Change
Fostering Better Engagement Among Multiple Levels of Experiences
Improving Retention and Application of Learning with Continuous Learning Journeys
Tipping the Scale: The Secrets of Super-Performers
Driving Success in Organizational Design: A Seat at the Table for Learning and Development
Make Training Relevant - Diagnose Performance First
Your Mentor Is Waiting: Leveraging Technology for Knowledge and Skills Sharing
The Training Advantages of Combining Behavior and Knowledge Mapping
Don't Manage Performance, Manifest It! 5 Keys to Transform Learning into Legacy
Using Learning Initiatives to Drive Employee Engagement
Experience-based Learning: Transforming While Performing
Performance Improvement and the Brain
Learner Mindset
GP Strategies and Learning Technologies Group Join Forces to Accelerate Workforce Performance Transformation
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 1
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - CT1
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Diagnosing Learner Needs
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 5
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Table of Contents
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Level Setting Performance Improvement versus Training
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Responsible Applications of Performance Support Technologies
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Performance Improvement is Inside Out
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 3 Levels of Performance Improvement
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Using Science to Create Real Behavioral Change
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Fostering Better Engagement Among Multiple Levels of Experiences
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Improving Retention and Application of Learning with Continuous Learning Journeys
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2021 - Tipping the Scale: The Secrets of Super-Performers
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