INSIGHT CURATION:   Knowledge, Wisdom & Lemonade

I don’t normally rely upon sources like Quora for insights, but I thought this Post by Chris Reiss was worth repeating as it brilliantly illustrates definitions that support the key point in this post… Knowledge is measuring that a desert path is 12.4 miles long Wisdom is packing enough water for the hike Insight is building a lemonade stand at mile 6 I love the definition that includes “building a lemonade stand” which perfectly defines an actionable insight. Knowledge and Wisdom are both important but neither one (on their own)…

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CONTENT CURATION:  Are We After Knowledge, Wisdom or Insights?

The obvious answer is, “All three, right?” It starts with curation, and rapid adoption of content curation across our L&D discipline is both encouraging to see and frightening to comprehend. The frightening part, based on my own curation experiences, and as an observer of the curation process, is how easily we create bulk information to serve as initial knowledge. Given the exponential growth of information sources and powerful search capabilities like Google at our disposal, a bulk-curated information tsunami is inbound…if not already on the beach.  We’ve effectively curated ourselves…

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PERFORMANCE INSIGHTS: An Insight-Powered, Critical-Thinking Engine

Great…another technology to consider, right? That pretty much summed up my first reaction too, and then I gained a significant moment of insight of my own. This new cloud-based discovery enables strategic knowledge acquisition; collaborative wisdom & knowledge-sharing essential for effective critical-thinking at the Moment of Need through next generation curation technology. Being a big fan of Point-of-Work technology, I initially imagined redundancy but that feeling of overlap and a personal flashback of “What could’ve been?” served as motivation to dig a little deeper into why Performance Insights are different…

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POINT-of-WORK: Optimize the ENTIRE Ecosystem with Intentional Design

Once upon a time I was under the influence of learning technology; strung out on LMS. It was a relentless addiction to the perception that training drove performance outcomes. It’s all my team could think about, and it was all our stakeholders could think about. Everyone encountering a performance challenge wanted TRAINING. If the desired performance did not result, we obviously needed more, better, faster training. In reality, the only two things we ever came close to optimizing were Bob Mosher’s first two Moments of Need…NEW & MORE, and the…

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POINT-of-WORK: Optimizing the Wasteland of Lost Wisdom and Insights

How many times has a colleague sent you an email with an attached article they found relevant and insightful with the suggestion that you read it to gain those same insights? And how many times have you set it aside because you did not have the time to slog through the entire article to boost your own wisdom and uncover those nuggets of insight? How many of those lost opportunities to gain insight get lost in the stack of “to read later” documents? How many well-intended exchanges of “wisdom” and…

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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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