PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Questions, Questions & More Questions

Momentum to accept the validity of performance support has been a long time coming as evidenced by a dramatic increase of articles advocating more L&D attention targeting performance outcomes. Unfortunately, the attention given is still largely skewed toward innovative learning solutions in the training environment. That’s not altogether a bad thing; however, it’s not enough when the measurable results we seek are found at Point-of-Work where the key driver is effective application of performance support. Methinks part of that dilemma is a result not of the discovery questions asked, but…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT:  Start with a Learning Performance Assessment

Learning Performance Ecosystem

This post is a bit different in some ways. The topic is still Performance Support at the core, but I’m responding to the many comments and questions I receive about how to adopt a Learning Performance Paradigm. The Learning Performance Assessment (LPA) is a methodology designed to move beyond traditional Training Needs Assessment and evolve downstream to the Point-of-Work where bona fide business value generation is on the line. Before jumping in the paradigm boat and rowing downstream there is a strategic re-think to accomplish first…followed by some tactical skill…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT – Converging Learning with Point-of-Work

Performance Support is a term that often causes confusion, and in some cases, outright fear in the hearts of my HR and L&D colleagues. This post will attempt to clear up the confusion surrounding the tactical implementation of performance support. The fear quotient? To my knowledge, no L&D ISDs, developers or facilitators lost their jobs or were harmed in any implementation of performance support that I’ve been involved with to date. In fact, those very skills are critical to the success of sustaining performance support solutions. The real fear should…

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DRIVER – Avoiding the Paralysis of Fear & Loathing of CHANGE

This post is somewhere between a rant and a ramble…just a courtesy heads-up… In the last several weeks I’ve launched posts on an L&D CHANGE Discipline called DRIVER. The response has pleasantly positive as indicated in comments, “likes” and shares. What blogger would not like that kind of response to suggesting CHANGE? Funny thing though, if there is only one response that is not positive or stoked fear or concern in a reader, I look in the mirror and question “What did I miss?” (more…)

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Engagement Lacking? Try Enabling the “DO” at Point-of-Work

Each morning’s routine involves a high dosage of caffeine to wash down my bacon and a bit of trolling LinkedIn and my networking groups for validating data that I’m not crazy. Some of you who read my blog regularly may have the opinion I’m fighting a losing battle, but honestly, I am crazy – crazier than a rat in a tin can, but “my crazy” is based on an unrelenting passion around evolving thinking in L&D to include Point-of-Work (PoW). (more…)

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Is Your Curation Tied to Intentional Design?

I’ve written about Intentional Design previously and not surprisingly it targets both learning AND performance.  Maybe the better title for this post would’ve been Are You Curating for Learning or Performance? I chose intentional design in this title because it’s not an either/or effort…we should be curating for both…but methinks if traditional L&D is the curator-in-charge the focus is not going to include Performance…not Point of Work focused…nor Moment of Need responsive. That’s why I offer this thought…Are our curation efforts as intentional as our design? (more…)

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It’s Time to Go Ninja!

Who “woulda thunk it” possible to be swept up…or is swept out more appropriate…into the chaos of three corporate downsizing events in less than seven years? Could that even happen to the same guy? Oh, but yes it can…and it has. You’re reading his words right now. January 26th was when I was jettisoned through the window of opportunity yet again. The frequency of being jettisoned could cause one to pause and reflect, asking “Why me?” and question “What did I do? …or not do?”  The first time around, I…

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Find, Build or Purchase Performance Consulting Skills Sooner Than Later

If the L&D organization could be seen as an archer their quiver would be filled with an assortment of learning solution arrows; some micro-learning, some adaptive, some virtual, some classroom ILT. The target toward which those arrows are fired represents the workforce. The ten-ring…the bulls-eye…on many of the targets may often represent the Point-of-Work. The tool used to ensure accuracy of those solution arrows is not the compound bow as you might think…it’s the performance consultant…who accomplished discovery to identify and prioritize the target(s) with precision of a Learning AND…

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Don’t Skimp On Discovery @ Point-of-Work

This post was triggered and complimentary to Bob Mosher’s post on 11/17…an important read that I agree with completely. What I offer today is an attempt to articulate a “Yes and…” in this post. The Critical Skills Analysis (CSA) used in the 5 Moments of Need methodology is extremely essential for distinguishing what can be addressed via formal training and what can...and should...be addressed in the workflow…not to mention where to focus priority. Check it out! (more…)

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L&D: Chasing Right Outcomes With Wrong Outputs

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!” (more…)

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