Directed Assignments and Learning Agility

Directed assignments are opportunities for employees to develop core competencies that are important for the organization’s success. These types of learning experiences can positively impact employees’ skill levels.

Google was featured last year in Newsweek because of an opportunity they provided for their product managers. The company few a team of product managers to Bangalore, India. Their first assignment was to make their way to the Commercial Street Shopping District for a bartering competition. Each manager had 500 rupees (about $13) to spend on items that interested them. The manager that achieved the highest discount on an item they purchased won a prize.

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