T.G.I.G.F – 8.0 – The Agony We Miss

This post is now an eighth annual event I usually post on Maunday Thursday to lift up Good Friday and what it now means to me. The original posting was also on a Thursday seven years ago, and I was reflecting on the eighth version for this upcoming Good Friday from within the chaos of a world stained with the COVID-19 virus.  * * * (more…)

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POINT-OF-WORK ASSESSMENT: Perceptions Vs. Realities

After completing my most recent workshop, another round of fine-tuning has begun; in fact, I suspect each and every workshop will spawn the same reaction. I say this because every organization has a unique mix of Perceptions and Realities that frame restrainers that limit productivity and performance results within their learning performance ecosystems. That makes every workshop as unique as the gaps between Perceptions and Realities. Those gaps often represent blind spots in solution design decisions that traditionally default to Training. What if Training is not the optimal solution? What…

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Point-of-Work Readiness Assessment

The Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA) is a discovery discipline designed to examine sources of performance and productivity restrainers in the Workflow. The outcome delivers findings across six categories of attributes limiting optimization of workforce capability. Traditional Training Needs Assessments typically only cover one - People/Capability - in search of training solutions. That's great...but not enough! (more…)

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POINT-of-WORK: Is It a Destination or a Discipline?

The short answer is YES! Arriving at a destination has a connotation of finality or completion, but what happens when the characteristics of the “destination” are dynamic and influenced by continuous change? Welcome to the world of Learning & Development (L&D); a world where we struggle to optimize workforce performance outcomes with static solutions and technology in a Dynamic Learning Performance Ecosystem. We (L&D) see it. Our operational stakeholders see it…and are asking for different solutions that show measurable impact to the bottom-line. The question becomes one of are we…

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Is Your Culture Hard-Wired for Performance or a Catalyst for Dysfunction?

<Rant Warning> Here’s an icebreaker for the next C-suite pow-wow in your organization. With all the CXO roles present around the table, and each having a single sheet of paper, ask them to complete this sentence with one or two words. “I would characterize our organization as one operating in a culture of ___________.” Have each put their answers on the paper…no cheating…no cross-conversation…no looking at your neighbor’s answer…fold the sheet in half and pass it to the “C” person on their left. Then have each person read aloud what’s…

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Learning Culture: A Product of Convergence?

Are there "performance components" to establishment of a sustainable, thriving Learning Culture? You bet there are! Performance by whom? By L&D, from senior leadership to road warrior trainers to entry-level ID/DEV team members. Ask ten people to define a Learning Culture and expect ten answers, and they will all likely reflect a truth. That 'truth" will be a reflection of the organization within which the culture exists, whether only a germ, or a fully established and recognized culture. (more…)

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POINT-of-WORK ASSESSMENT:  Systems & Technology

In this snippet of the Point-of-Work Assessment methodology we focus on Systems (which may include multiple enterprise systems, software apps, and "human" systems) utilized to accomplish work…and…Technology utilized by Knowledge Workers as they accomplish task-level work activity that requires interfacing with any combination of their work systems (which may include mobile phones, tablets, desk-top computer, and other hand-held devices). Productivity Acceleration Technology and the implications to L&D represent the primary focus in this document (See Figure 1) and the importance of WHEN & HOW it is introduced to the Knowledge…

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POINT-of-WORK ASSESSMENT:  Content & Resources

As we progress through the Point-of-Work Assessment, in previous snippets we’ve considered performance attribute clusters specific to Environment & Culture – People & Capability – Workflows & Processes. Hopefully, you’ve seen a degree of overlap and interdependencies among these three clusters. This snippet describes the importance of Content & Resources the Knowledge Worker relies upon to optimize their individual performance at the task-centric and role-specific levels. Assessing attributes across critical Content & Resources overlaps directly with Workflows & Processes although is more specific to efficient accessibility and effective application at…

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