Is Your Curation Tied to Intentional Design?

January 7, 2018 2 comments

I’ve written about Intentional Design previously and not surprisingly it targets both learning AND performance.  Maybe the better title for this post would’ve been Are You Curating for Learning or Performance? I chose intentional design in this title because it’s not an either/or effort…we should be curating for both…but methinks if traditional L&D is the curator-in-charge the focus is not going to include Performance…not Point of Work focused…nor Moment of Need responsive. That’s why I offer this thought…Are our curation efforts as intentional as our design? Read more…

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Is 2018 Going To Be a Step-Change Year for L&D?

January 5, 2018 2 comments

This morning I stumbled over an image posted by Guy Wallace of Pursuing Performance, another valued thought-leader I follow. His post stoked a rant. Here are both…the image…and the rant. Read more…

It’s Time to Go Ninja!

January 3, 2018 3 comments

Who “woulda thunk it” possible to be swept up…or is swept out more appropriate…into the chaos of three corporate downsizing events in less than seven years? Could that even happen to the same guy? Oh, but yes it can…and it has. You’re reading his words right now. January 26th is when I will be jettisoned through the window of opportunity yet again. The frequency of being jettisoned could cause one to pause and reflect, asking “Why me?” and question “What did I do? …or not do?”  The first time around, I went through the routine stages of the grieving process. The second time…not as much. This time around…I get it. It’s time to go Ninja!

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Is It Really That Cold?

January 1, 2018 Leave a comment

Have you ever repeated a saying you’ve heard before to fit a circumstance perfectly and have no clue where that saying came from or know exactly what it means? I’ve done it for no other reason than it fits the occasion, and I’m guessing you have too. It was -1 degree this morning here in Batesville, Indiana and that did not include the wind chill. That’s cold; colder than a witch’s [bosom]; colder than a well digger’s [rump]. You get the idea… In your mind’s eye you can probably make the connection and justify how cold both scenarios may be, and you never really need any more proof of origin or scholastic validation for either saying. But…there are other phrases that really do have an origin in fact worth noting. This is a short story of a chilly education of my own that reveals a slice of actual history behind one such saying. Read more…

Find, Build or Purchase Performance Consulting Skills Sooner Than Later

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

If the L&D organization could be seen as an archer their quiver would be filled with an assortment of learning solution arrows; some micro-learning, some adaptive, some virtual, some classroom ILT. The target toward which those arrows are fired represents the workforce. The ten-ring…the bulls-eye…on many of the targets may often represent the Point-of-Work. The tool used to ensure accuracy of those solution arrows is not the compound bow as you might think…it’s the performance consultant…who accomplished discovery to identify and prioritize the target(s) with precision of a Learning AND Performance Solution Road Map. Read more…

Don’t Skimp On Discovery @ Point-of-Work

November 17, 2017 Leave a comment

This post was triggered and complimentary to Bob Mosher’s post on 11/17…an important read that I agree with completely. What I offer today is an attempt to articulate a “Yes and…” in this post. The Critical Skills Analysis (CSA) used in the 5 Moments of Need methodology is extremely essential for distinguishing what can be addressed via formal training and what can…and should…be addressed in the workflow…not to mention where to focus priority. Check it out! Read more…

L&D: Chasing Right Outcomes With Wrong Outputs

November 2, 2017 6 comments

One never knows how having a good conversation with a friend and respected colleague like Mark Britz can uncork a brilliant idea for a blog post that I had not planned to write. We were discussing the painfully slow adoption by L&D organizations of the illusive performance paradigm. We both blog and always search for the right words, and that’s when Mark dropped a statement that flung a craving on me to write this blog:

“L&D is chasing the right outcomes with the wrong outputs!” Read more…

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