Free Agent – Hurled Through the Window of Opportunity

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.”

(Not sure that’s the correct spelling for a rim shot, but that’s the audio clip that played in my head.)

Safe to say that news was a shift I did not see coming. And yes, I know…shift happens…and it did with a thunderclap of change.

I have been separated from my current employer due to a reduction in force. That makes the third time this has happened through no fault or failure on my part. It’s funny how a mix of frustration and disappointment can be accompanied by near immediate feelings of freedom and elation. It wasn’t that way the first two times…maybe there is some truth to the third time being the charm.

While being separated from a job with no warning can be tough, I’m excited to report I have not been separated from my vision and passion for pursuing the discipline of Embedded Performance Support – EPS.

It is a blessing to have earned the confidence to know exciting times have only just begun.

As a long-time performance consultant in the corporate L&D profession, I’m pleased to announce that I am relaunching Human Performance Outfitters, LLC, my “back-burnered” EPS consultancy. It is exciting to return to the mission of “outfitting” organizations to effectively equip themselves to sustain workforce performance through adopting a holistic learning and performance paradigm.

Momentum in the L&D industry is shifting as I write this post. Momentum around the recognition of what training alone cannot accomplish – Sustainable Workforce Performance – at a new “ground zero” – @ the Point-of-Work.

Choosing to adopt the EPS discipline as the engine behind driving workforce performance is not just a good idea; it is the future of learning and performance.  Adopting EPS also has implications of Change that, having accomplished this journey before, carry implications I can only confirm as a lofty objective. Experience reveals that mastering EPS as the core discipline behind a successful ascent to the summit cannot be treated as optional.

As an “outfitter” my role is typically a temporary engagement ranging from:

• Readiness assessments for determining challenges and gaps related to EPS adoption
• Defining discrete business learning and performance demands in your ecosystem
• Recommending adjustments to discovery, design, development & delivery methodology
• Aligning requirements with vendor technology for “best-fit” evaluation & selection
• Road mapping a viable migration path to full adoption of EPS
• Change leadership to accomplish cultural and organizational adoption of EPS

Being an “outfitter” my role is not to make the climb, but to enable your staff to make the ascent by accurately mapping the best path to follow; identifying the right “climbing gear”; and coaching to enable your own staff to employ proven, repeatable “climbing techniques”.

In my career, I’ve been to the summit successfully three separate times, and every trip was unique. Every organization is different, but the end game is the same – workforce performance sustainability. It is important to choose an “outfitter” who has been to the top and can prevent costly falls and delays.

If your organization recognizes that true business results are won…or lost…@ the Point-of-Work, and a bold decision is under consideration to adopt a performance paradigm and head up the mountain to sustainability, meet me at base camp, and let’s kick around some ideas regarding the “climb” that lies ahead!

Gary G. Wise
Workforce Performance Strategist
Human Performance Outfitters, LLC
(317) 437-2555

  1. March 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    So sorry to hear about your ‘change’.

    Yes, at first it can be a relief but then comes the fact that there is no tomorrow; for that job. Tomorrow is filled with risk and the unknown.

    But it can also be a case of relying on that which really sustains you. I hope you will indeed pray and seek God’s direction during this time and let me know how you are doing. I will continue to read your posts here but know you are more than a ‘post’ but a fellow believer.

    If I can do anything to help let me know.

    • March 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      God’s hands are all over this one, Larry! I’ve never been more prepared and never more ready than right now. Thanks so much for the kind words. Even more posts to come. Re-energized for sure!

  2. March 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Gary, great post, great to hear about your “new” opportunity. One door closes, another opens. If a door closes for me and I don’t immediately see the next open door, I’m going to praise Him in the hallway until that next opportunity comes.

    Prayers for God’s continued guidance in your life and in your career.

    – Brian Allen

    • March 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thanks, Brian! You’ve nailed it. Much appreciate the encouraging words!

  3. March 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Gary so sorry to hear the news, we have discussed this and your guidance helped me start my path so please let me know if I can share the energy you gave me back with you! Hmmm, maybe we can finally work on something together!

  4. Justin
    April 12, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Hey Gary, after nearly 15 years I was given 12 hours notice last year from a Major ERP Vendor. I spent 4 months getting to know my 4 yr old very well – a great young man, and then realised I had nothing really to go on with. 6 months later, I’m 4 months into a great role with a really good consultancy here in Melbourne, Australia, and I am introducing EPS to their clients. Its exciting times indeed, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this brings for you too

    Best of luck

    • April 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Justin! I hope to be going down that same road. It seems like the timing is right to focus on what my passions are and don’t see that happening by hiring into another large corporation just to get downsized when times get tight. The EPS role is better suited for a temporary relationship to stand up a practice and then move on to the next. Our role is not really permanent. So…I guess we’re EPS mercenaries.
      Take good care!

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