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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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Deployment Vs. Implementation – Is There a Difference?

Short answer? Absolutely there’s a difference; a very significant difference despite the fact that many in L&D and other business disciplines use the two words interchangeably. The difference leaves a gaping hole between a successful launch of “anything” and full adoption of “anything” into the flow of business operations. Many of us have plunged down this hole shortly after Deployment of a new enterprise business system…or a new product launch to the sales force...or releasing a new learning intervention to the workforce. Deployment aligns with a moment in time referred…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Find an Experienced Outfitter Before Attempting the Climb

Living in Learning by HPO

After one Chapter 11 fiasco and three Reduction-in-Force events in the last 10 years, I’ve decided it’s time to join the “gig economy” as a Human Performance Outfitter. With the last dozen or so years dedicated to Point-of-Work Solutions leveraging performance support and technology integration, I will be the first to confess that adoption of Point-of-Work Solutions is not a project…it’s a discipline…a journey equivalent to climbing a mountain. Having personally made the ascent several times there are tips, techniques, skills, tools, and maps necessary to guide you to the summit…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Questions, Questions & More Questions

Momentum to accept the validity of performance support has been a long time coming as evidenced by a dramatic increase of articles advocating more L&D attention targeting performance outcomes. Unfortunately, the attention given is still largely skewed toward innovative learning solutions in the training environment. That’s not altogether a bad thing; however, it’s not enough when the measurable results we seek are found at Point-of-Work where the key driver is effective application of performance support. Methinks part of that dilemma is a result not of the discovery questions asked, but…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT:  Start with a Point-of-Work Assessment – PWA

Learning Performance Ecosystem

This post is a bit different in some ways. The topic is still Performance Support at the core, but I’m responding to the many comments and questions I receive about how to adopt a Learning Performance Paradigm. The Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA) is a methodology designed to move beyond traditional Training Needs Assessment and evolve downstream to the Point-of-Work where bona fide business value generation is on the line. Before jumping in the paradigm boat and rowing downstream there is a strategic re-think to accomplish first…followed by some tactical skill brush ups.…

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