Don’t Confuse READY…With READINESS…

If I had to boil down all my bluster and passion in this blog to a single core statement, it would be this: Training, by itself, does not drive performance – it drives potential; …if you truly seek to sustain measurable workforce performance you must go to the Point-of-Work and plan to address diverse Moments of Need with accessible, effective and business relevant solution assets shaped by Intentional Design. (more…)

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Who Owns the “Other 95%”?

Earlier this evening one of the readers of “What About the Other 95%?” asked a very good question – “Who owns the Other 95%?” A response came quickly to mind…”It takes a village!” My answer points to a firm belief that there is no clear single-point-of-ownership. Wouldn’t it be grand to point to L&D and assign ownership? Not gonna happen. There is no owner. The Other 95% owns us…and the sooner we develop an intimate business relationship with it, the greater the chances are of sustaining workforce capability within the…

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What About the Other 95%?

Several years ago I had the privilege of being invited to sit on a panel discussion called “The Future of the Business of Learning”. Josh Bersin was one of the other panelists and shared some interesting data that validated my passions around pursuit of a performance paradigm. Josh shared that, on average, we spend about 5% of our 2,000 hour work year in some form of formal training…that’s about 100 hours.  For some industries, that’s high…but hey…it wasn’t what Josh shared…it’s what he did not share. A little math took…

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INTENTIONAL DESIGN – Redirecting L&D Strategy to the Point-of-Work

To some this may seem like more of a “mis-direction” than a re-direction. Redirection almost sounds like a course correction…and in many respects it is, but then I make that distinction from a previous life experience. Humor me for a minute for a quick story to make the point that L&D in some organizations has lost its way. Yes, it can happen, and this story tells of how that can happen through the eyes of an effective L&D team that was effectively undone. This “undoing” is the basis of my…

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True Confessions from a Performance Ninja

This is a true story. No instructional designers or facilitators were harmed...threatened a little...but not harmed permanently. It was a Monday morning. Early. I’d already sucked down three cups of coffee…not counting the venti bold with a shot on the way to work. I could no longer hear the ringing in my ears due to the buzz in my brain now masking all other real or imagined internal bodily noises. (more…)

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7-Right Things Road Map for Sustained Workforce Performance

My most recent post addressed the concept of ACCESS to working knowledge at the Moment of Need and often at the Point-of-Work as being essential to drive tangible business results. In that post I included a list of 7-Right Things that, in essence, provide a road map of sorts to accomplishing holistic discovery and support for intentional design. Unlike the narrow scope of a Training Needs Assessment, tracking down the truth behind the 7-Right Things enables us to include the entirety of the learning and performance ecosystem we should be…

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Is Managing Learning Enough…Or Is Broader ACCESS the End-Game?

Actually it’s NOT an either or question, but…I must add to the title right up front to provide a hint of where I’m going…ACCESS is not exclusive to learning. A few years back I was at a Masie conference and was blessed to sit in a breakout session featuring Larry Prusak, a former IBMer, billed as a Knowledge Management guru. I was on an L&D oriented mission to find a short cut to “knowledge assets” because our LMS was the equivalent of a black hole. (more…)

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Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance?

Stumbled over a couple of great reads this week that flung a craving on me to share a few thoughts. There is no shortage of new innovation we seek to implement in our L&D discipline, and Micro-Learning is one of the most recent. Depending upon how one chooses to integrate "Micro-Anything", the results can range from truly innovative solutions to merely applying more lipstick on the training pig. (more…)

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Going Ninja & the Covert Art of Hiding 70:20:10

After surviving in the L&D profession for over thirty years, I continue to ponder what is it going to take to trip the trigger that deploys the training air bag? C’mon, man! We’ve tried everything known to humans so far…we gamify, we MOOC, we micro, we burst, we space, we go virtual, we go mobile, we asynch, bi-synch, tri-synch, and…and…and it’s still training, and we continue to follow the same road map to achieve the most effective training outcomes using myriad methodologies and technologies. How many times will we endure…

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Training Is Not “Predicament-based” & That’s a Predicament

It’s funny how the craving to grind out a new blog post is often flung upon me by falling into a collegial scrum triggered by a well-written article. In this case, the article was an ATD post I totally missed that surfaced back in February - The Future of Learning Is Not Training. What tripped my trigger was not the article but the reader comment thread attached in one of the LinkedIn groups I follow. As is my usual practice, I read the comments first…and then got sucked into the…

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