What is a Lesson?


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Hang around Unleesh long enough and it should be clear we have only one goal: Getting all members of a team on the same page.

We believe putting a team on an Unleesh Path is a simple and powerful way to accomplish this.

In my last blog post, I shared an overview of what is a Path. Over the next few weeks, I’ll dive deeper into the components that make up a Path and share different ways to use them.

A Team’s Path is made up of Lessons, Steps and Actions. In this blog post let’s explore Lessons.

Lessons break Paths up into different sections, are created and administered by managers, and are usually focused around one subject. Each Lesson is made up of Steps. Examples of different Lessons in a Path might be “Announcements,” “Sales Strategies,” and “Internal Policies."

Unleesh was born out of experiential learning, which at its core is “learning through reflection on doing.” Therefore, Sections were labeled “Lessons.” As the platform has evolved and is being used more now for Team Management than experiential learning, the term Lessons has stuck. While it may be changed in the future, today on Unleesh “Lessons” are simply synonymous with “Sections.”

The idea of Lessons is to create structure and house related Steps under one heading.

One of the coolest things about working at Unleesh is we get to watch business clients use the platform in unique ways to suit their specific needs. The utilization of Lessons is no different.

Here are some ways teams have used Lessons to structure their Paths:

Strategies

Some teams who have several different strategies going on at one time create a different Lesson for each strategy and post the Steps that relate to those strategies under each Lesson.

For example, a company’s marketing Team may have a Path that includes the following Lessons to share best practices and new efforts in their marketing strategies:

1.) Close Range Marketing

2.) Transactional Marketing

3.) Viral Marketing

4.) Email Marketing

5.) Inbound Marketing

Calendar

We have also seen companies use Unleesh for training conferences, creating Lessons for each day of the conference. Included in each Lesson are Steps that outline each session for the day, action prompts from the session and pertinent multi media content related to the session.

1.) Day 1, Monday, July 13

2.) Day 2, Tuesday July 13

3.) Day 3, Wednesday July 14

4.) Day 4, Thursday July 15

Roadmap Items

Some teams create a Path out of their roadmap for the upcoming quarter or year. Example Lessons are as follows:

1.) Website Launch

2.) Press Launch

3.) Media Campaign

4.) Celebrity Partnerships

5.) Ongoing Marketing

Departments

Some smaller companies put their employees on one Path and use Lessons to give each department their own space on the Platform.

1.) Sales

2.) Product

3.) HR

4.) Finance

5.) Executive

Experiential

As noted, we evolved out of experiential learning and we have seen various study abroad companies use Unleesh to help students prep and get the most out of their experiences.

1.) Mind/Prepare

2.) Immerse

3.) Inspire/Engage

4.) Innovate

5.) Shift/Reflect

Types of Steps

Other organizations simply break up the Path using Lessons to describe the types of Steps being posted.

1.) Announcements

2.) Policies

3.) Wins

4.) Losses

5.) Random

Are you ready?

As you can see, the possibilities of Paths, Lessons and how you structure them is limitless, but shouldn’t be overwhelming. The truth is, any manager can create a Path and instantly give their team structure, accountability and alignment in minutes.