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L&D: Chasing Right Outcomes With Wrong Outputs

November 2, 2017 6 comments

One never knows how having a good conversation with a friend and respected colleague like Mark Britz can uncork a brilliant idea for a blog post that I had not planned to write. We were discussing the painfully slow adoption by L&D organizations of the illusive performance paradigm. We both blog and always search for the right words, and that’s when Mark dropped a statement that flung a craving on me to write this blog:

“L&D is chasing the right outcomes with the wrong outputs!” Read more…

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Point-of-Work & ADDIE? Say It Ain’t So…

October 30, 2017 13 comments

My recent post  70:20:10 – Myth or Legend? roused a few readers to offer up some really solid comments, and there were a few that left me feeling like I was at a NASCAR race and just shouted “Ford Rules!” Now if you’ve never been to a NASCAR race, let me tell you this about that…every fan has a favorite make of car and nothing shall come between them and their brand…except maybe a case of Budweiser! And so it seems is also true with training design models. And rumor has it that with enough tequila, even the hard-core will abandon ADDIE. But should they? Read more…

“Check Box” Training, or Is It “Check Box” L&D?

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

It’s Saturday morning, and am fully caffeinated…sitting on the deck and nursing on the business end of a fairly decent cigar. It’s odd moments like these that a craving to rip out a blog post gets flung upon me. Out of the blue a question landed on my brain and I thought was significant enough to help make the point I seem to endlessly make on my previous posts. Training alone does NOT drive performance, it only contributes to potential. I know, I know, those of you who keep coming back here to read my rambling may tire of this, but it is a mission to me…a mission to promote a performance paradigm over the limits of the traditions of a training paradigm. Hey…it’s what I do… Read more…

Attention Span of a Gnat?

February 21, 2017 2 comments

This and other derogatory descriptions of the Millennial generation have filled many of the posts in my networking groups. Often the source offering the descriptions belongs to the Boomer crowd. It’s so easy to stand in the comfort of your own state of being and point to another and clearly define THEIR problems and shortcomings. I think most of it is crap. Seriously, look around; look around at the environment and the velocity of work demands we ALL face. Maybe having the concentration agility of a gnat is not such a bad thing. Read more…

Micro-Learning Is Bigger Than You Think…And Not Just For Learning

December 29, 2016 21 comments

I was recently drawn into a discussion on LinkedIn while trolling one of my groups to comment on a topic “How long should micro-Learning be?” Great question and timely since micro-learning (ML) seems to be receiving a lot of press lately. My answer was simply, “It should be long enough!”  Hey now…that’s better than the stock performance consultant response of “It depends!” But it does depend…it depends on whether you are looking through a training lens or a performance lens. Read more…

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…

Onboarding Vs. Waterboarding: Is There a Difference?

September 20, 2016 1 comment

Yes, this post is likely to morph into a rant; the first clue is in the title. Is there a difference between your onboarding process and the process of waterboarding? One uses water…and the other holds the new hire down and administers enough information at a continuous pace so they get the overwhelming sensation of drowning. Which one do you put your new hires through? Read more…

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