I’m a big fan of the idea of modelling behavior. To me this means demonstrating what you are wanting to see in others – both attitudes and behaviours.

This is particularly important in parenting as young children are just like giant sponges – they soak up what they see around them and that includes how their parents and carers talk and behave amongst themselves as well as to them.

This is also really important in the workplace and especially when it comes to change or doing things differently or adopting new technology or learning new things.

If you are the one who is trying to encourage others to try something out then a good place to start is to model the behavior ie actually use the tools and techniques you are helping others to adopt.

The bottom line is that by doing and being (and enjoy doing/being) what you are asking others to do you are giving everyone a chance to see what that behaviour looks (and can look) like. People see and hear if you feel good about something.

Recently, I have had the pleasure to work with a couple of guys in the L&D space who have this behavior modelling at the heart of what they do.

This summer Mike Morrison and I set up a summer school which invited L&D professionals to come into live online environments in order that they could play with the tech to understand how it worked and how it could work for them. In so doing, Mike was modelling play, curiosity, practise, idea generation, fun and a can-do attitude.

Similarly, Mike Collins has been developing a session for next week’s Learning Live conference in which he will deliver his story of using live online learning technology. He will be sharing this to those in the room and to anyone who signs up for the concurrent live online version.

This is another great example of using the technology you are encouraging others to use as well as having a can-do attitude and desire to try new things out.

As technology changes the way we work , the way in which we model behaviours around using that technology becomes increasingly important.

PS I’ve been lucky to work with lots of people who model the behaviours they would like to see from their clients and colleagues – apologies I haven’t mentioned you all here!