Self-efficacy – an Empowering Learning Catalyst for Change

One of the most empowering paths to growth and learning is self-efficacy. Claire Jones is a Principal Creative Consultant at Be Learning and a leading facilitator on the journey towards self-efficacy in the workplace. Claire recently inspired a group of clients at a joint networking event in Sydney for Be Learning and Cliftons, a leading provider of premium, purpose-built, training and event facilities and solutions. Over 50 people immersed themselves in the world of self-efficacy thanks to Claire’s engaging and interactive session, which used one of Be Learning’s collaborative interventions, Forum Theatre to bring the attributes and learnings of self-efficacy to life.

What is self-efficacy?
In introducing the concept of self-efficacy, Claire cited both the ‘godfather’ of self-efficacy, Albert Bandura, the originator of social learning theory and the theory of self-efficacy, and Be Learning’s associate, Dr. Richard Carter, who examined the influence of self-efficacy and employee engagement on work-related performance in organisational settings as part of his Ph.D. at the Macquarie School of Management.

In its simplest form, self-efficacy is:

  • Personal Mastery – our confidence in our ability to undertake our work responsibilities
  • Personal Agency and Control – our belief that we can exercise control over what we do and how we do it and over events that effect our lives
  • Effectiveness – our belief that our good performance will lead to successful outcomes and that we can make a difference

Why is self-efficacy so empowering?
Facilitating a journey towards increased self-efficacy in the workplace allows employees to set more challenging goals and increase their self-motivation to reach those goals. It also elevates their sense of engagement and purpose through a more focused energy and a greater confidence to undertake their work responsibilities; and increases their discretionary effort, performance, well-being and happiness, which in turn increases retention.

Academic studies conducted by Dr. Richard Carter show that Be Learning’s Open Progress methodology increases performance by 28 per cent through using self-efficacy principles.  This is more than double that of ‘goal setting’ and a significantly greater impact than ‘feedback and coaching’.

Discover how self-efficacy can help you in 2013?
Watch this space as Be Learning is planning another self-efficacy session at a similar joint networking event at Cliftons in Melbourne in early 2013. And feel free to contact Claire Jones  directly about creating engaging, collaborative and relevant learning, which is tailored to your organisational drivers and business needs and will increase people’s self efficacy in your organisation. You can also read more about self-efficacy using theatre-based interventions in this in-depth paper  authored by Dr. Richard Carter, Paul Nesbit and Miriam Tassone.