Launch / completion events
A ‘launch’ event – a short session with all the participants in a development programme, to introduce the programme, set expectations, define aims and outcomes, demonstrate support, and create a ‘buzz’ around the programme in order to secure participant commitment to it. Ideally, a member of the senior management team should say a few words at the beginning of the ‘launch’ event, to underline its importance to the organisation.
It is a truism that ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Left to their own devices, people have varying degrees of commitment to their own learning and development, based partly on their individual experiences, whether in their current organisation or in previous employment. A launch event is a good opportunity to dispel preconceptions, set expectations and create a ‘buzz’ around the programme that encourages commitment and participation. It sets the tone for the programme and energises the participants. It is also a good opportunity for the lead facilitator to meet the group before delivering the first session. The launch need not be a major time commitment but from our experience we find it very worthwhile.
A ‘completion’ (or ‘graduation’) event: presentation of projects, whole group feedback on the 360° review, reinforcement of key messages from the programme, identification of other development areas, individual and mutual commitment to continued development, etc.
It is counter-productive and a wasted opportunity not to have a ‘completion’ event to mark the close of a programme. This can include team feedback on the 360° review, reinforcement of key messages from the programme, identification of other development areas, individual and mutual commitment to continued development, presentation of team projects (if appropriate), etc. As with the launch event, a very small additional investment of time in this way can reap significant benefit. And some fun can be had with a completion event, to leave everyone on a high note rather than an anti-climax.
‘Launch’ and ‘completion’ events should be integral parts of any structured development programme. Not convinced? Then why not give us a call on 01582 714280 and we can talk about how they can add some zest to your programme.