Evolving ISD Adoption for a Performance Paradigm

July 13, 2016 5 comments

Maybe a better title would posture “performance think” instead of “performance paradigm”. Even better, what if the “I” in “Instructional Systems Design” was changed to “Intentional Systems Design”? Am I suggesting the application of lipstick on the traditional ISD pig, or something radically different? Yes! Both! We need core ISD expertise reshaped with the “Intent” to drive sustained workforce capability beyond the classroom to a new ground zero – the Point-of Work. Read more…

Waiting For the 9:29

July 3, 2016 2 comments

My grandfather had the reputation of being a good storyteller. I remember sitting at his feet with my sister as he would spin one of his yarns. His specialty was ghost stories, and I can hear them even now after so many years. I truly believe I’ve been blessed with the art of storytelling as well, though none so good as his. Actually, most of my training conference breakout sessions are built around stories, but none like I’ll share with you right now. Take a short break from corporate L&D and enjoy! Read more…

Categories: Continuous Learning

Performance Consultant Lives Matter!

June 6, 2016 2 comments

We had just left a national all-hands company meeting where senior leadership fired everybody up with news of a potential buy-out at $97 per share. I’d been aggressively saving in the form of stock purchases at $11 for three years and had a sizeable stash of stock options maturing. The only question on my mind right then was, “Where am I going to park the boat?” Two weeks later we were informed the company had filed for Chapter 11 and all shares of common stock were worthless, and I was officially on the street. So much for the boat! Read more…

Chasing Sustained Workforce Capability

April 18, 2016 5 comments

Sustaining the capability of our workforce is a race we are all running whether we choose to describe the effort in this manner or not. Creating a workforce that is nimble, agile, and resilient are a few of the buzzwords we hear today that describe what it takes to attain things like sustainability and competitive advantage. But where does being nimble, agile, and resilient matter most? The answer to this question is simple – the Point-of-Work. Read more…

Performance Support: Just Gimme Three Clicks!

April 1, 2016 2 comments

We see many articles these days lamenting the shortfall of employee engagement in the best efforts to develop and deliver compelling options to learn. L&D responds with shorter learning events. We gamify, and we “MOOC-ify”, and we mobilize, and there’s nothing wrong with any of these attempts to engage our learners in learning. Could it be we’re chasing the wrong rabbit? Or maybe we’re chasing the right rabbit but there is a more effective way? Read more…

Free Agent – Hurled Through the Window of Opportunity

March 6, 2016 7 comments

Boss: “I have some unfortunate news.”

Me: (thinking to myself) ‘Here we go…again…’

Boss: “Your position has been eliminated effective a week from Friday.”

Me: “Hmmm, something tells me this is not a joke.”

Boss: “I’m sorry. This is no joke.”

Bah-dump-tssshhh!
(Not sure that’s the correct spelling for a rim shot, but that’s the audio clip that played in my head.) Read more…

Readiness – Set – Go: Pursuing a Sustainable EPS Strategy

March 4, 2016 2 comments

The path to shifting a long-held training paradigm to a holistic learning and performance paradigm is not a task for the faint-of-heart. Trust me on this…I have the scars to prove it. The greatest challenge I encountered in my own journey reveals there is more Change Leadership related implications than anything else. To compound that challenge, defining a “how to” road map is a tough nut to crack because every single deployment…then implementation…then fully enabling sustained adoption… is unique to the organization making the climb to the summit. So…do we avoid the “climb”, or is there a path that can embrace the diversity of the Change implications that will manifest? Read more…

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