30 Day Brainstorm Challenge – Day 22: Wrap it in Peanut Butter!

It’s day 22 of our 30 Day Brainstorm Challenge – Wrap it in Peanut Butter!

Today it was time to give the furbabies their heart worm pills (preventative meds, so don’t be concerned!). No one likes taking medicine, dogs included. So I discovered if I smash them up and serve them in peanut butter, it disappears. The Julie Andrews song from Mary Poppins – A Spoonful of Sugar, is right on point. Everyone likes the stuff they don’t like, wrapped in stuff they do like. Why do you think we deep fry perfectly good vegetables or wrap bacon around practically everything?

For some reason, this lead me to think of compliance training. Compliance training, the most dreaded training of all. People hate it, people are bored of it. Yet, it has a purpose – and is necessary in a lot of instances. However, why for the love of all that is good – does it have to be so bad? Why aren’t we creating compliance with the same thought and effort as we do leadership development or sales training? Why does safety training get 50 badly designed PowerPoint slides which are then uploaded to an elearning software with a click next button? WHY?

We say we’re following the requirements. That is HAS to be delivered in this way or that way. It’s the lawyers fault, or risk management, or HR. Really? Please find me the requirement that states that regulation training has to be placed word for word, in a 12 font, and 10 bullets all squeezed into one slide complete with monotone voice over. I’ll wait, you go look it up.

As with any training, it’s as good or as bad as we design, with only us to blame. We have compliance training for a purpose, design to that purpose. We can take compliance and wrap it in peanut butter with challenge games, simulations, and exercises that drive results.  Webinars and elearning don’t have to be death, with the proper engagement activities even compliance can be memorable. Is boring “click next” compliance courses what you want want to be known for? Because regardless of all the great, strategic, innovative training you create – it will be the compliance training that leaves a legacy. Wrap the training you design in peanut butter, your people will will love you for it.


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See previous post: Day 21: Is it me?

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As Owner of Learning Rebels, Shannon Tipton is a skilled learning strategist, content developer and International speaker. Shannon has over 20 years of leadership experience developing successful learning strategies and infrastructures for training departments within organizations in North America, Europe and Korea.

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