POINT-of-WORK:  Productivity Waning?  Accelerate It with Technology

This morning I sat on our deck enjoying my coffee while casually surveying our little ecosystem when I noticed the mammoth sunflowers bowing toward the ground. These gorgeous plants grow to twelve feet in height and as they become more and more productive they generate flowers as big as dinner plates. As they grow, the blossoms get heavy and if left unsupported, productivity bogs down. It seems my attempts to accelerate growth and seed production for a radical flock of goldfinches by fertilizing with Miracle-Gro was doing more harm than…

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POINT-of-WORK: Sustained Capability Enablement Is Our End-Game

As is often the case, another article, and in this case, the image attached tripped the trigger on my muse to pound out another blog post. The HBR article, “Survey: 68% of CEOs Admit They Weren’t Fully Prepared for the Job” made several references about the difficulty CEOs have in shifting the culture in their organizations. What wasn’t articulated made me wonder, “Culture related to What?” How do you decide on a culture? How do you demonstrate it? How do you attain it? Is attaining a culture the end-game, or…

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POINT-of-WORK:  Nail Point of Origin Before the Destination

What’s the first thing we do when we fire up our GPS to travel someplace? Plug in the destination, right? Exactly! That the first thing WE do, but what’s the first thing the GPS does? Sure, it finds and connects with the GPS satellite, but for what reason? To plot the journey? Nope; to establish a benchmark; to identify a point of origin from which to plot our travel options. Not even the most advanced GPS technology can deliver path options without establishing a current state benchmark. Do you think…

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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: 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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