Call It Anything But Performance Support

February 18, 2015 4 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…

Living in Learning – 2014 in Review

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Thanks to all you who stop by to read and then choose to follow Living in Learning. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report if you are interested in how the year unfolded. I’ve been grinding away since June 2009 with an average pace of a blog every month. I appreciate every visit and enjoy comments when they are offered.

Take good care!

G.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Categories: Continuous Learning

Performance Support & “The Art of War”

January 3, 2015 9 comments

Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” is a collection of tactics of a military nature that have many parallels to the “battles” we fight in our everyday work lives. Despite the focus on war, fighting and overcoming enemies, there are peaceful applications of strategy and tactics I choose to employ. Believe it or not, there are useful parallels in managing organizational change with these very same tactics. Read more…

Experience API [xAPI] & Why You Should Give a Rip

November 6, 2014 11 comments

They say that even a blind squirrel will find a nut eventually, and I am living proof of that concept. So there I was at DevLearn 2014 locked in to speak at a couple of breakout sessions and facilitate a tabletop discussion at the crack of dawn on day one. I’m there on a Performance Support mission of “seek and learn” and purely by accident I stumbled over a pre-conference session Tuesday afternoon called the xAPI Hyperdrive. Yup…maybe not totally aligned with the squirrel metaphor, but I found a nut I was not even looking for…and it changed my entire conference agenda. Read more…

MyLibrary Suggestions for Performance Support & Performance Consulting

November 4, 2014 2 comments

My radicalization around the pursuit of Performance Support and formal Performance Consulting training happened in 2004, and during that time I’ve acquired several books that I consider required reading. I’ve pulled these together on a single page and have each book linked to the associated page at Amazon.com if you would like to read content details and/or make a purchase. If you have other favorites you have discovered in your own practice, let me know and I’ll add them to the list. I will continue to add to this list over time… Read more…

Stop, Drop & Roll – The Moment of Apply

October 17, 2014 Leave a comment

At a Change Leadership workshop I held a couple years ago I demonstrated a concept around the concept of Stimulus/Response to make the point that there is more going on behind the curtain in one’s brain than you might first expect when attempting to change behavior. In this post, I will attempt to align the obvious aspects of “flight or fight” as an overlay to the value of positioning performance support over training. Imagine me going there… Read more…

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