Have You Discovered Your Discovery Gaps…Yet?

This title does not represent a casual suggestion; rather, it conveys some urgency that directly impacts any L&D Performance Solution you attempt to build. So…if your L&D practice is primarily oriented toward building only training solutions…and have no inclination to build anything else…then this post will be the equivalent to sand in your shorts. On the other hand, if the solutions you seek to build are directed toward driving and sustaining workforce performance at the Moment of Need and at the Point-of-Work, you may discover you have a discovery gap…

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The Consistency of Disruptive Innovation

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…

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

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. (more…)

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Is Training Falling Short? Turn Up the Pain!

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! (more…)

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Fixing Performance Should Trump Training as a Priority

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. (more…)

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How Point-of-Work Shapes Effective Change

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…

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Managing Change or Leading Change: Does It Matter?

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.  (more…)

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Evolving ISD Adoption for a Performance Paradigm

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. (more…)

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Free Agent – Hurled Through the Window of Opportunity

Boss: “I have some unfortunate news.” Me: (thinking to myself) ‘Here we go…again…’ Boss: “Your position has been eliminated effective a week from Friday.” Me: “Hmmm, something tells me this is not a joke.” Boss: “I’m sorry. This is no joke.” Bah-dump-tssshhh! (Not sure that’s the correct spelling for a rim shot, but that’s the audio clip that played in my head.) (more…)

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Readiness – Set – Go: Pursuing a Sustainable EPS Strategy

The path to shifting a long-held training paradigm to a holistic learning and performance paradigm is not a task for the faint-of-heart. Trust me on this…I have the scars to prove it. The greatest challenge I encountered in my own journey reveals there is more Change Leadership related implications than anything else. To compound that challenge, defining a “how to” road map is a tough nut to crack because every single deployment…then implementation…then fully enabling sustained adoption… is unique to the organization making the climb to the summit. So…do we…

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