Doop-Dee-Doo Learning Design

April 28, 2017 2 comments

OMG!

Has it come to this?

Really?

I just read an article that said we needed to put the employee experience at the center. I can sort of see that.

We needed to design a productive and meaningful experience through solutions that are compelling, enjoyable and simple. I get simple…compelling could be good…but wonder if that means badges too?

Why not design solutions that are accessible at the Point-of-Work; business-relevant to task-level performance; and effective at the moment of need?

“Holy chit, Batman!”

It gets better…HR needs to move from a “process developer” to an “experience architect”.  Now we’re talking unicorns, rainbows, safe places, and kittens…and badges…gotta have badges…big honkin’ badges with a leader board!

Oh wait…what was I thinkin’? This is a new innovative learning design shift…for the gentler, less invasive, non-intrusive process of creating potential…not performance.

Silly me…thinking enabling workforce performance had anything to do with this…

Think I’m gonna puke…

Return to your homes…nothing more to see here…just need to keep breathing into this paper bag.

So glad it’s Friday…

Categories: Rants & Ramblings

Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance?

April 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Stumbled over a couple of great reads this week that flung a craving on me to share a few thoughts. There is no shortage of new innovation we seek to implement in our L&D discipline, and Micro-Learning is one of the most recent. Depending upon how one chooses to integrate “Micro-Anything”, the results can range from truly innovative solutions to merely applying more lipstick on the training pig. Read more…

T.G.I.G.F. 4.0

April 14, 2017 4 comments

This post is now a fourth annual event reserved for Good Friday. The original posting was on a Thursday a few years ago, and I was reflecting on the upcoming Good Friday. The story never really changes, but I find myself appreciating it more every year. Good Friday can slip by too easily amidst preparations for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, but if we had not been gifted by what He did for us on Good Friday, the bunnies, plastic straw, and colored eggs would be all that matters. I hope those of you reading this again feel the increased appreciation for Good Friday as I have, and I welcome those of you here who are reading for the first time. Happy Easter!

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Going Ninja & the Covert Art of Hiding 70:20:10

March 24, 2017 1 comment

After surviving in the L&D profession for over thirty years, I continue to ponder what is it going to take to trip the trigger that deploys the training air bag? C’mon, man! We’ve tried everything known to humans so far…we gamify, we MOOC, we micro, we burst, we space, we go virtual, we go mobile, we asynch, bi-synch, tri-synch, and…and…and it’s still training, and we continue to follow the same road map to achieve the most effective training outcomes using myriad methodologies and technologies. How many times will we endure the collision with a proven reality…yes…a documented…self-inflicted reality…at levels 1 & 2…that training, in and of itself, only drives potential? Read more…

Training Is Not “Predicament-based” & That’s a Predicament

March 16, 2017 1 comment

It’s funny how the craving to grind out a new blog post is often flung upon me by falling into a collegial scrum triggered by a well-written article. In this case, the article was an ATD post I totally missed that surfaced back in February – The Future of Learning Is Not Training. What tripped my trigger was not the article but the reader comment thread attached in one of the LinkedIn groups I follow. As is my usual practice, I read the comments first…and then got sucked into the article. Glad I moved beyond the scrum… Read more…

Have You Discovered Your Discovery Gaps…Yet?

March 3, 2017 6 comments

This title does not represent a casual suggestion; rather, it conveys some urgency that directly impacts any L&D Performance Solution you attempt to build. So…if your L&D practice is primarily oriented toward building only training solutions…and have no inclination to build anything else…then this post will be the equivalent to sand in your shorts. On the other hand, if the solutions you seek to build are directed toward driving and sustaining workforce performance at the Moment of Need and at the Point-of-Work, you may discover you have a discovery gap that needs to close…yesterday. Read more…

Attention Span of a Gnat?

February 21, 2017 2 comments

This and other derogatory descriptions of the Millennial generation have filled many of the posts in my networking groups. Often the source offering the descriptions belongs to the Boomer crowd. It’s so easy to stand in the comfort of your own state of being and point to another and clearly define THEIR problems and shortcomings. I think most of it is crap. Seriously, look around; look around at the environment and the velocity of work demands we ALL face. Maybe having the concentration agility of a gnat is not such a bad thing. Read more…

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