February 17, 2021
When it comes to employee training, speeding up will actually slow your team down. Sounds counterintuitive - I know. But while you (the trainer) technically made it through training, your team is left dealing with some serious information overload.
(And spoiler: they'll just need to go through it all again tomorrow!)
Just like it sounds, information overload is when you give someone too much new knowledge at once. So, instead of being helpful, the training becomes overwhelming. And ultimately, it doesn’t stick.
Meaning, you’ll end up answering the same questions again and again. And the training you tried racing through will end up taking a lot longer.
So, how exactly can you avoid information overload?
WORTH A TRY
It seems every time longtime execs leave Amazon, we get an inside look at all the strange ways the company operates. And Bill Carr and Colin Bryar have been no different - thanks to their new book Working Backwards.
It’s no shocker that PowerPoints are the punchline of just about every boardroom joke. But unlike the rest of us, Jeff Bezos actually did something about it.
In 2004, he said goodbye (company-wide) to PowerPoint presentations and hello to the 6-page memos.
And while we’re not saying ditch PowerPoints altogether, Amazon does have a solid argument for why a narrative might be a better tool for rallying your team. Namely, that it:
ALL THE BUZZ
This Valentine’s day, it was love at first sight for Bumble investors. Last Thursday, America’s #2 dating app made their IPO official, closing the day at an $8B+ valuation (a 64% gain on the first day).
Not to mention (or repeat, I guess) that this makes CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd one of the few female founders to ever take her company public (and the youngest at 31).
But that’s not the only place where this market debut broke the glass ceiling. In the last 12 months, 560 companies went public, per Morning Brew. But Bumble was:
And with over $900M+ in company stocks, Whitney’s net worth pushed past the $1B mark on Sunday. (And with only about 5% of the world’s wealthiest people being self-made women, this feat is extra noteworthy.)