Learning Leaps is a 60-day professional development program created for your employees to design a project rooted in a curiosity or skill set they hope to pursue.
Participants apply to be part of the program while maintaining their full-time role. If accepted, they attend a series of workshops and gatherings hosted by Experience Institute to learn relevant work skills focused on Design Thinking, Storytelling, Problem Solving, & Self-Awareness, all while pursuing their individual projects (aka: Leaps!).
"Applying the Leaps program has been one of the most significant decisions we've made to develop our people and foster a culture of employee-directed learning."
- Renetta McCann | Chief Talent Officer | Publicis North America
We believe learning happens throughout our entire lives, not just the beginning.
The more we learn, the more we can change our work and world for the better.
So, we believe that learning should shift
Your People = Your Future
Employee retention was the No. 2 priority by all organizations in Deloitte's 2014 global survey, rated even higher in priority by business leaders than HR.
In 2013, 23% of employees left their jobs citing the lack of opportunities for professional development and training
Companies spend more than $130 billion on training and development worldwide.
After 12 months of prototyping Learning Leaps...
A Jeweler's Apprentice
Maria's Leap wasn't easy. The tools were unfamiliar, she cut herself frequently enough, and balancing a full family at home is no easy task. Maria's Leap is incredible because of the skill she learned, the resilience she discovered, and the story she's now able to tell.
Leap Night 2016
On February 29th, 2016...an amazing group of strangers met to design Leaps – 90 day projects focused on questions and ideas. Thanks to our hosts, gravitytank and Chicago Ideas.
Technician to Artist
Russel's Leap impacted more than his creativity - his abilities directly impacted client-facing work. Russel's experience beautifully showcases how a Leap can be a personal passion project and an opportunity for professional development.
Focusing on the Whole Person
What will your team learn & Gain by participating in Learning Leaps?
The ability to simply and clearly convey a message to a group of people is a powerful art that transcends disciplines and departments. Learning Leaps gives employees an opportunity to not only design a project, but also to share their story during a final storytelling night.
From start to finish, we emphasize stories - thinking about where you'll land, what message you want to tell, and the things you need to capture in order to tell that story. One of our key assets is a Storytelling Workshop we host at the mid-point of the program.
Learning Leaps ends with a Storytelling Event where Leapers share what they learned in a 5-minute presentation at a company-wide event.
Great companies produce great work, but sometimes perfection can be the enemy of great. With an emphasis on Prototyping, we walk Leapers through concepts of rapid iteration, bias towards action, and creating low fidelity artifacts that help communicate an idea.
Aside from Launch Night, our Prototyping Workshop is one of the most catalytic, invigorating and motivating elements of our program. From hot glue guns and cardboard to sticky notes and pipe cleaners, we provide a smorgasboard of prototyping materials and teach a process that encourage people to get their hands dirty.
Though the materials are simple, the concept is transfomrative. We challenge participants to make their ideas concrete so they can fail fast and learn quickly.
Employees who can identify their strengths and passions are better able to incorporate them into their work, and become more productive and fulfilled. From day one, Self-awareness is baked into Learning Leaps.
Through partnered conversations and group collaborations, every participant has a chance to look back, look inward, and look ahead.
Through the prompts and exercises, Learning Leaps pushes participants to be more aware of what they can offer, what their colleagues can offer, and how to better collaborate across the team or company.
You want employees that not only follow directions, but ones who can effectively identify problems and take initiative to solve them. Our curriculum includes core lessons in listening, prototyping, ideating, and testing new ideas quickly.
In choosing and carrying out their Leaps, participants learn how to frame challenges, explore a variety of solutions, maintain a bias towards action, navigate ambiguity, and draw on resources around them to successfully complete their projects.
One core idea we constantly encourage Leapers with is a Bias Towards Action. Even if a participant has no idea where they're going, they're challenged to take steps forward.
Additionally, framing a challenge in a generative way, instead of a limited perspective, is consistently something that encourages amazing results outside of a leap.