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The Consistency of Disruptive Innovation

November 1, 2016 2 comments

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Little Big Man” starring a very young Dustin Hoffman who was abducted as a toddler by Indians…yes, I know, Native Americans. He grew up through childhood to become a young adult brave, and had an adopted grandfather who was also the tribal medicine man. Whenever he was confronted with a challenge growing up the old man would always say…sweeping his arm wide, “Endeavor to persevere!”. When confronted with people who seemed bent on destroying him, the advice given by the old man was, “Tie ‘em up…shoot ‘em full of arrows…and drag ‘em all around!”…once again with the sweeping arm motion. For some reason, those words of wisdom have always stuck with me…sometimes to my detriment. Read more…

Call Center Productivity Issues?  It’s About the Hands!

October 30, 2016 2 comments

Over the last ten years or so I find my most meaningful work efforts seem to fall right smack in the middle of the chaotic environment of call centers. There seems to be no fighting the trend, and after drinking the Performance Paradigm Kool-Aid, I’ve come to the conclusion I’m right where I need to be. What follows is one story that has me totally convinced that the Point-of-Work…a.k.a….the Point-of-“The Call” is ground zero for a number of reasons. Read more…

Is Training Falling Short? Turn Up the Pain!

October 23, 2016 5 comments

I just finished reading an amazing book, “Chase the Lion”, by Mark Batterson, where the focus is largely examining change…personal change to be exact. But the same principles he addresses are very relevant for shifting thinking in an organization. The thinking I firmly believe we need to change is how we attempt to build sustained capability in our respective workforces. Training, in and of itself, is not the solution! Read more…

Fixing Performance Should Trump Training as a Priority

August 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Why build training content as a priority if there is an asset you could build that closes an existing performance gap? I’m not saying “forget training”; rather, I’m suggesting that closing the performance gap should be FIRST PRIORITY. Designing and building an asset to support performance at the Point-of-Work is actually one of the first steps that shape the core premise of Intentional Design. (See Figure #1) AND…the asset may well wind up in Training…just not as a priority. Read more…

How Point-of-Work Shapes Effective Change

August 2, 2016 2 comments

Many of you who are regular readers of my blog know how fanatical I am about performance support. After over twelve years of chasing the PS rabbit I have a confession to make…I’m done chasing PS…directly. The chase is near futile when the perfect opportunity is often deeply buried within the organization’s ecosystem, and at times, never to be recognized as a viable option because…the PS solution is located in a blind spot; a blind spot known as a Training Paradigm. I’ve decided the chase is too narrow, and it’s really not about the PS rabbit, it’s about shaping Change around a Performance Paradigm…maybe performance support is needed…maybe not. It usually is in some manner, but jumping on PS is the wrong place to start. Read more…

Managing Change or Leading Change: Does It Matter?

July 28, 2016 Leave a comment

At first glance Change Management (CM) and Change Leadership (CL) may be considered interchangeable and simply more jargon used to confuse a familiar concept. Stay with me on this post as there is a significant difference when the end-game is the desire to create full adoption and sustained capability of any Change initiative.  Read more…

Evolving ISD Adoption for a Performance Paradigm

July 13, 2016 7 comments

Maybe a better title would posture “performance think” instead of “performance paradigm”. Even better, what if the “I” in “Instructional Systems Design” was changed to “Intentional Systems Design”? Am I suggesting the application of lipstick on the traditional ISD pig, or something radically different? Yes! Both! We need core ISD expertise reshaped with the “Intent” to drive sustained workforce capability beyond the classroom to a new ground zero – the Point-of Work. Read more…

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