Chasing Sustained Workforce Capability

Sustaining the capability of our workforce is a race we are all running whether we choose to describe the effort in this manner or not. Creating a workforce that is nimble, agile, and resilient are a few of the buzzwords we hear today that describe what it takes to attain things like sustainability and competitive advantage. But where does being nimble, agile, and resilient matter most? The answer to this question is simple – the Point-of-Work. (more…)

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Performance Support: Just Gimme Three Clicks!

We see many articles these days lamenting the shortfall of employee engagement in the best efforts to develop and deliver compelling options to learn. L&D responds with shorter learning events. We gamify, and we “MOOC-ify”, and we mobilize, and there’s nothing wrong with any of these attempts to engage our learners in learning. Could it be we’re chasing the wrong rabbit? Or maybe we’re chasing the right rabbit but there is a more effective way? (more…)

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70:20:10? Or Is It…85:12:3?

<Rant> To answer the question suggested by the title I offer another question – “Who gives a rip?” – as long as the end-game drives sustained workforce capability. The correct ratio is only correct if the end-game is reached. (more…)

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“Sustainable EPS Discipline?” Or “One-and-Done?”

Recently, I learned that it takes approximately 30 square miles of ocean for a loaded oil tanker to reverse course 180 degrees. That seems like a lot of ocean, but then, that’s a lot of boat to turn around – and a lot of momentum related to the existing course direction. It’s funny how momentum proves to be the primary challenge and source of resistance when standing in the way to a change in direction. While 30 square miles represents useless trivia, the significance and parallels represented by factors of…

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Is Our Training Paradigm an Unbeaten Dead Horse?

Maybe a better question might be...How can you beat a dead horse if you don't realize it's dead yet? I'm convinced the training paradigm is one dead horse and many of us are beating the stuffing out of it...or soon will be after discovering that it is indeed dead. And we will keep whaling away rather than take the hint that beating on it won't change the outcome. Time to move on to a different approach. A new horse? Maybe a smaller pony and a new performance paradigm. Read on...…

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When Are MOOCs Not MOOCs?

This post this likely to twist a knot in a few knickers, but hey...what's a few knots now and then, so buckle up...this might nudge you beyond the limits of a training paradigm. Traditionally, a MOOC, in academic circles, is known as a Massive Open Online Course...and I have no problem with that. Where I get torqued down tight is when corporate Training tries to emulate an academic MOOC with corporate learning content. When that happens, corporate L&D potentially misses the boat. (more…)

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Rant: Is My Boomer Showing?

<Rant Alert> Sorry, but this had to happen sooner than later, and I don’t expect a tidal wave of agreement...a few ripples will do. Even early warning signs of a tsunami are as subtle as the tide slowly receding from the shore. Yeah, this is about Performance Support…you expected something different from me? Ain’t happenin’! I’m done filling sandbags to protect the institution of training. You’ll find me on a board swimming out to catch the wave of root causes. (more…)

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Define EPS Readiness Before Developing Strategy

The discipline of Embedded Performance Support [EPS] is rapidly becoming an integral part of a dynamic learning and performance strategy. Adoption of this innovative and disruptive discipline represents an organizational change management initiative whether your organization consists of 50 or 500,000 souls tasked to generate sustained business value. The first question to pursue an answer is, Are you "ready" to adopt this discipline, or are you at a "state of readiness" to adopt this discipline? Too often I'm seeing a "ready" horse before a "readiness" cart because current "AS IS"…

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Driving Performance with Extended Blend

Permit me to open this post by dispelling the myth that we, as training professionals, hold as fact and have convinced our stakeholders over the years – training drives performance. Yes, it truly is a myth. And after thirty-some odd years in the corporate training business, I’m as guilty as any for perpetuating this myth, and, I might add, with boundless enthusiasm. In all honesty, training offered as a performance solution can only drive potential.  And we have readily available proof of this reality through solid evaluation practices at levels…

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Turn Loose the MOOCs

When I first saw the MOOC acronym several years ago, I thought it was a play on the Moodle platform’s core capabilities. When I learned that MOOCs were massive open online courses, and that MOOC had deep roots in academia, I would’ve bet money on there being a connection with Moodle. To be honest, Moodle works well with a MOOC environment because non-classroom content, specifically, social learning and other informal activities can be tracked and counted toward “course completion”. No parts of what I described are bad news, and nothing…

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