POINT-of-WORK:  Performance Is as Good as the Support…Not Just Training

Recently, I’ve had the benefit of participating in several threads with colleagues who have an extended military background. With my momentum regarding performance support at Point-of-Work they are quick to defend the importance of training, and I don’t disagree for a second. But there is more to their story that must be pointed out. Training alone is not enough. Gaining competency is not accomplished during a training transaction – by itself, it is not enough! (more…)

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POINT-of-WORK:  Swim to the Current

It was 9:45AM, and I was delighted to find Bill’s Shoe Repair still residing in downtown Lawrenceburg IN., an Ohio river town in extreme southeastern Indiana. After dropping off one of my favorite slip-on loafers for repair I decided to walk down a couple of blocks and climb the stairs to the top of the levee that holds back the river. As I sat on a bench alone on the top of the levee river walk, I’d just missed a barge plow through the current and turn the corner heading…

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POINT-of-WORK: Empathy at the Hands of Performance Support?

A recent article in Forbes caught my interest on Monday when forwarded on LinkedIn by a friend and colleague, Chris Quinn – “Half of U.S. Employees Are Actively Searching for a  New Job” by Shep Hyken on Jul 1, 2018. Everything in the article rung true; however, it struck me that everything being done or should be considered to promote empathy in the workplace left an important gap – the context around Why is empathy not being felt? Where is this lack of empathy showing up? How should we generate…

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POINT-of-WORK – Step Away from the Hammer!

Have any of you responded to a training request by nailing down an awesome blended solution only to experience post-training performance outcomes being less than desired? I must confess to having been party to this kind well-intended request…and more than once. But hey…the training product was awesome! Not to spoil a good mood…but I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of the phrase, “If Training is a hammer, then every performance problem is a nail” at some point in the past. That's a dangerous paradigm. (more…)

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POINT-of-WORK: Performance Support Vs. the Explosive Failure of Training

This is a true story about changing the paradigm in the head and heart of someone who believed training was the best solution to drive performance. This person is my wife, a long-term medical professional with many years of training, both delivering and receiving, during her career; a tough audience to be sure. My approach was spur-of-the-moment and turned out to be an unplanned dry run for an upcoming breakout session at a performance support conference. Shock and awe ruled the day. Sometimes you cannot break a paradigm, you must…

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POINT-of-WORK: Don’t Fear the Beast – Tame It!

Point-of-Work represents ground zero in a Learning Performance Ecosystem and serves as an essential source for content creation to support continuous learning across the entire Learning Performance Continuum from Point-of-Entry to Point-of-Work. Are you addressing the entire continuum of just the Point-of-Entry? If you are not addressing the entire ecosystem you are enabling impact to run free and with Point-of-Entry training as the sole solution. Impact is indeed free to roam…and eat your lunch through errors, mistakes, liabilities, and other kinds of loss at Point-of-Work.  Don’t fear the beast…tame it…

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POINT-of-WORK:  4-Phase Path to Sustainability

In a recent post I introduced the four phases we must transition through if the end-game is sustainability of “anything” we launch in the organization. I’ve also been harping on Point-of-Work for years now and feel it necessary to clarify that Point-of-Work is NOT just a destination; it’s a dynamic discipline. I say this because Point-or-Work is comprised of multiple POINTS-of-Work and is further defined by multiple attributes that either drive or restrain achievement of sustainable outcomes of “anything”. Failing to address these attributes effectively and efficiently puts sustainability at…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Is Devolution in Training Blocking Evolution in Performance?

Have you ever had an epiphany drop squarely into your lap? I just had it happen this morning. On May 31st I posted a piece on Deployment Vs. Implementation: Is There a Difference? On June 1st I fired off another post PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Running the Entire Race. I’m sharing those two posts with you now because the epiphany that was flung upon me this morning (June 3rd) ties them both together. The epiphany is based on the concept of why…with all the evolution we are making in outstanding learning methodology…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT:  Running the Entire Race

Many years and as many pounds ago I remember tensing in my crouch anticipating the starter’s gun, so I could explode out of the blocks and sprint for 100 meters as part of the 400-meter relay team. I’d always had an amazing start but had a bad habit of not finishing as strong as I started. I can still hear coach McVey yelling at me, “Wise, why don’t you try running the whole leg of the race!” This little memory is very appropriately aligned in my profession these years later…

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