POINT-OF-WORK Podcast with David James – 1-6-2020

I was honored to kick off 2020 with David James. This post is a replay of the 48 minute podcast. With the recent frequency of posts on the Point-of-Work topic, the podcast may help fill in the gaps. As always, David James did a superb job of interviewing...I just tried to keep up. It must have worked out pretty well as the number of downloads hit a new high. Here’s the link to the podcast! https://omny.fm/shows/the-learning-development-podcast/tldp-33

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POINT-OF-WORK: Office of Workforce Capability (OWC)?

Is it time to create an organizational entity scoped and chartered to ensure sustained workforce capability? Is it time to enable performance IN Workflows at Moments of Need found at Point-of-Work? Ask the operational stakeholders if they are after knowledge...or the capability to execute at Point-of-Work to add measurable value to the bottom line. They want results. Their challenge is the blind spot we've created by selling the idea that Training drives Performance...so that's what is typically requested. Training alone is NOT going to deliver the mail. Here’s a disruptive…

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POINT-OF-WORK: Translate Training Activity to Productivity Impact

Downsized three times in seven years. Why? Because we could not show bottom line value creation and productivity impact. Why? Because Point-of-Work was not assessed to determine what was restraining performance. In other words, no performance benchmarks were established at current state. Instead, solutions were automagically defaulted to training-based and focused on skill profiles, learning objectives, and competencies. Not wrong...just not enough. (more…)

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POINT-OF-WORK: CEO for a Day

If I had the opportunity to be CEO for a day, I’d blow the doors off the existing Learning/Training paradigm and shift my CLO out from under the HR umbrella or create a role and align them as a direct report...with the title of Chief Capability Officer (CCO). Place the CCO over the Office of Workforce Capability (OWC) staffed with a hit squad of Performance Consultants working directly with Operational stakeholders. Start small - then scale! (more…)

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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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