Volute Launches New Way for Executive Development Providers to Simulate Clients’ Business Conditions During Training

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Volute is breaking new ground by enabling executive development providers to simulate their learners’ business conditions and adapt to the growing complexities of modern leadership.

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We enable the recreation of conditions familiar to the learner in a simulated environment.

A recent investment has allowed Volute to make good on its honed vision of an ecosystem to bridge executive development and applied workflow knowledge. Volute’s flagship product gives executive development providers new workflow learning delivery options. This approach differs from conventional training in that it is designed to help employees solve problems within the flow of work without hindering productivity.

“We enable the recreation of conditions familiar to the learner in a simulated environment,” explains Michael Croft, Founder and Creative Director of Volute. “A key part of our mission is to see how closely we can emulate specific business conditions to empower learners to apply what they learn to these conditions and also to challenges they have not yet faced.”

Organizations are transforming rapidly, and Chief Learning Officers are starting to focus on developing the skills that enable employees to acquire new skills. They’re also creating training portfolios that align to the current career tracks as well as what the ‘future of work’ might be in their organization.

“There is a persistent gap between what happens in structured learning and in the workplace,” says Enrique Shadah, head of Venture Relations at MIT LinQ Catalyst, founder of the Expert Collective Cooperative, and former Associate Director of Workforce Learning at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab. “I often hear CLOs struggle to address the issue of creating relevant learning experiences comprised of high-fidelity simulations of the work environment. Volute is doing just that and I'm excited to be a part of it.”

CLO’s are also cultivating communities of practice to foster knowledge sharing among employees and to enable influencers and experts to coach and mentor others. “By enabling a digital community, expertise can permeate to all reaches of the organization, and can do so quickly.” says Croft. “We’re currently working on tying these influencers to channels where their insights are fed through FAQs and natural language queries and even AI, to provide performance support as employees do their jobs. These communities dovetail with training to enable efficient problem-solving in the flow of work.”

Volute’s patented technology helps executive learners visualize the ‘future of work’ as they engage with new learning methods. “Navigating the learning process is valuable in and of itself, separate from the topics the process delivers,” says Croft. “Understanding how to navigate and perform within a modern, digital ecosystem is a skill every leader should have. Emphasizing digital thinking helps leaders convey the culture and skills necessary for digital transformation, which is already happening or inevitable.”

To support the mindset required for modern enterprise leadership and the executive development that supports it, Volute has developed graphical learning pathways that can be fashioned to reflect specific workflows. “Executive development providers can emulate their clients’ environment in a visual way, so learners see something relevant.” Croft continues, “Volute connects the formal training, workflow simulations, content assimilation and communities of practice into an ecosystem that puts the learner at the center. With this multi-faceted perspective, learners can better understand their role within the entire process and how to apply the learning, which is much more likely to have the desired business impact.”

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