Driving Performance with Extended Blend

June 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Permit me to open this post by dispelling the myth that we, as training professionals, hold as fact and have convinced our stakeholders over the years – training drives performance. Yes, it truly is a myth. And after thirty-some odd years in the corporate training business, I’m as guilty as any for perpetuating this myth, and, I might add, with boundless enthusiasm. In all honesty, training offered as a performance solution can only drive potential.  And we have readily available proof of this reality through solid evaluation practices at levels one and two. Sadly, no business outcomes have been…nor can they be…generated during the creation of proven potential during training. In fact, no evidence of sustainable capability at the point-of-work exists either. We seriously must consider this question, “Is the promise of potential enough?” Methinks not! Read more…

Death By Demo

April 16, 2015 Leave a comment

If you are a Wizard of ID fan some of this may sound familiar…

(Rant Alert)

You know what really torques my frame? Product demonstrations! And many of you have either sat through (as a prospect/client) or given (as a vendor) the product demo from hell. I’ve been on both sides of this exchange and will be the first to admit that delivering a really good one is not an easy thing to do. It becomes even more difficult when the product demo is shared in a live system as opposed to talking to screen shots. Either version can be brutal on the recipient, especially when the demo is feature – function – benefit (FFB) “spewage”. I’d rather be stabbed repeatedly with something dull. Read more…

Define the “DO” First

April 13, 2015 1 comment

The title of this post represents the core concept behind effectively adopting a Performance Paradigm as opposed to a Training Paradigm where we often chase the “KNOW” as our first priority. Rest easy, friends because there may yet be a storyboard in the process…and then again…maybe not. Read more…

T.G.I.G.F – 2.0

April 3, 2015 5 comments

It was Thursday night. Jesus had just broken bread and had given it to his disciples to represent His body; the wine, His blood. Later that evening, they left the upper room and walked to the olive grove called Gethsemane where Jesus sat the disciples down and urged them to keep watch as he went deeper into the grove to pray. He took Peter, John and James with him for a short distance before asking them to sit and wait while he walked deeper into the grove and fell down to pray. In Matthew 26:37 Jesus is described as being sorrowful and deeply distressed. Who wouldn’t be? Especially, knowing exactly what was going to happen, but I never really considered the true source of His agony. Read more…

Categories: Continuous Learning

Turn Loose the MOOCs

March 20, 2015 2 comments

When I first saw the MOOC acronym several years ago, I thought it was a play on the Moodle platform’s core capabilities. When I learned that MOOCs were massive open online courses, and that MOOC had deep roots in academia, I would’ve bet money on there being a connection with Moodle. To be honest, Moodle works well with a MOOC environment because non-classroom content, specifically, social learning and other informal activities can be tracked and counted toward “course completion”. No parts of what I described are bad news, and nothing contradicts the basis of a Learning Paradigm; but what about MOOCs in a Performance Paradigm? Read more…

Call It Anything But Performance Support

February 18, 2015 6 comments

It’s known among my closest friends that I will do stupid tricks for a platter of onion rings. It’s that passion that blinded me to something that ordinarily would have scared me off when a fresh order of calamari was placed on the table in front of me. It was a group dinner kind of thing and somebody ordered appetizers without my knowledge. I popped what appeared to be an onion ring in my mouth and thought to myself, “Hmmm, that’s a bit chewy.” Read more…

Red Wire/Blue Wire & the Explosive Failure of Training

February 4, 2015 4 comments

The down-lights were all turned on and illuminating the island in the middle of our kitchen when my wife turned the corner and saw me immersed in a creative moment. The red wire had just been inserted into the sausage when she stopped in her tracks; hands firmly planted on her hips with that this-better-be-good look on her face; and she let fly, “What the heck are you doing?” Read more…


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