Sweating Blood in Gethsemane…For Us

April 17, 2014 1 comment

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Read more only if you dare…this is a Friday we can thank God for it being what it is…and what it was. This is an update to T.G.I.G.F. posted last Good Friday. I’m not convinced we have many more left to remember.

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EPS Readiness: Are you there yet?

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

At the recent Learning Solutions 2014 conference in Orlando, the Guild added another concurrent conference to the venue – Ecosystems 2014. Amazingly, at an additional cost there were over 200 participants attend the extra breakout sessions. While there were more questions surface than answers, it was clear that the concept of address the Learning & Performance environment as an ecosystem was a hit…and more questions than answers. Read more…

Finding the Learning & Performance Black Box

April 7, 2014 1 comment

Recently, I’ve been posting about pursuing Embedded Performer Support [EPS] strategy and the importance of being at a state of readiness as opposed to just being ready to start the integration journey.

Question: If flawed performance was a jet airliner with a broken engine how far would it fly?

Answer: All the way to the scene of the crash.

And the scene of the crash is precisely where Training should show up to investigate the potential for building learning and performance solutions…after they find the black box. Read more…

The Agony We Miss

April 6, 2014 Leave a comment

<God Alert>

If you’re not a follower of Jesus Christ, this post may not be to your liking. I plug things like this into my primary blog because Living in Learning is intended to cover learning of all types. This post reveals a humbling learning moment I overlooked in a story we‘ve all heard regardless of our faith.

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Using Organizational Change to Integrate the EPS Discipline

April 1, 2014 Leave a comment

In a previous life, I worked for a large medical equipment manufacturer and was tasked to lead a team to improve leader development. We developed a Leadership Academy that had a replicable 10-point Organizational Change Management [OCM] model as part of the curricula. I’ve found the OCM model instrumental in positioning new innovative, and even disruptive…or should I say especially disruptive…enterprise initiatives. Embedded Performer Support [EPS] is as innovative and disruptive as they come. Read more…

False Competency & the Perfect Hole

March 24, 2014 2 comments

I wonder…if we started measuring the knowledge we transfer during training that is forgotten before our learners have the chance to apply it…if that metric would influence the decision to keep on training the way we do? Seriously, would we keep spending upwards of 80% of our training resources on creating and delivering training events? What is it going to take to step back from traditional training strategy and have a conversation about something other than effectively transferring knowledge? In reality, all we’ve done effectively is create the promise of potential. Read more…

Time-to-Business Impact & the Role EPS Plays

March 5, 2014 2 comments

Do you ever get the feeling that the Training side of our organizations is delivering a message nobody on the Operations side of the business is hearing? What comes to mind is an old Gary Larson cartoon where a pet owner is speaking to his pet dog and saying, “Blah blah blah, blah-ba-ba-blah sit, blah blah treat blah blah bah…etc.” The dog was only hearing what really mattered to him. Could it be our Training message is more HR-speak than business-impact-relevant? Read more…


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