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May 28, 2024

In learning and development, we typically want people to do something that they are currently not doing, or to stop doing something that they shouldn't be. One obvious approach is training, but there are in fact a broad spectrum of interventions that we can deploy.

In this week’s episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross and Owen are joined by Wil Procter, Strategy and Innovation Director at Nazaré, and by Jessica Holt, Senior Behavioural Science Consultant at Inizio Engage XD.

We explore:

·       What behavioral science is,

·       What interventions can help change people’s behavior,

·       How the COM-B model can help structure discovery conversations.

To find out more about the COM-B model, see

The book that Owen referenced was Coaching for Improved Work Performance by Ferdinand F. Fournies.

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Jess discussed a new meta-analysis of behavior change interventions: Albarracín, D., Fayaz-Farkhad, B., & Granados Samayoa, J. A. (2024). Determinants of behaviour and their efficacy as targets of behavioural change interventions. Nature Reviews Psychology, 1-16.

Ross asked and answered a dumb question about birds. New Scientist explains why there are not dead birds everywhere.

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·       Ross Garner

·       Owen Ferguson

·       Wil Procter

·       Jessica Holt