7-Right Things for Intentional Design to Be Intentional Enough

Whenever I speak at conferences and on webinars the phrase intentional design immediately triggers a comparison with instructional design…and rightly so, because it has everything to do with instructional design skills. The difference implies taking those ID skills and applying intentionality to the design process. More specifically, intentionality toward supporting knowledge workers at their moments of need and at their diverse Points-of-Work. The biggest reveal is that intentional design encompasses much more than simply content. Taking this larger scope into account, there is a direct impact on whether intentionally design…

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POINT-of-WORK ASSESSMENT:   Workflows & Processes

This snippet from the Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA) Workshop is unique because the attributes associated with WORKFLOWS & PROCESSES follow two parallel tracks. The first track relates to understanding relevant task-centric, role-specific work attributes that either drive or restrain productivity and performance at multiple Points-of-Work from the Knowledge Worker’s experiences and perspectives. The second track relates to restraining impacts to productivity and performance that surface at Moments of Need and within workflows at Points-of-Work that call for five additional Performance Outcomes owned and implemented by L&D. These Outcomes are similar yet…

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POINT-of-WORK ASSESSMENT:   People & Capability

This post is another snippet from the Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA) Workshop and focuses the Knowledge Worker and the human attributes that influence roles and capabilities at Point-of-Work. Typically, when we (L&D) consider the “People” variable in our training solutions, key focus is on the Learner and the necessary job-related knowledge transfer requirements. That’s not wrong; it’s just not enough…if sustained and measurable workforce performance at Point-of-Work is the end-game. In this narrow focus we miss multiple influencers that either drive or restrain productivity/performance. I think it safe to say that…

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POINT-OF-WORK: The Impact of Interdependencies & Ripple Effects

In my most recent Point-of-Work knowledge share with the Western Michigan ATD Chapter in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I confirmed successful implantation of a few seeds of new thinking and more than a few seeds of reflection that said, “Holy new paradigms, Batman!” I saw evidence of more questions than could be addressed in our short time together. One unasked question showed up on faces when I mentioned the significance of determining ‘interdependencies’ in a learning performance ecosystem when pursuing a Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA). “Why is that important?” was the unasked…

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Convergence of Learning with Work – Now What?

The convergence of learning with work or “workflow learning” is stimulating a lot of interest over the last few months. That’s a very promising sign for evolving L&D solutions, but at the same time, I’m seeing evidence of confusion around how to optimize this convergence. (more…)

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Chasing Productivity or Accelerating Productivity?

We (L&D) spend a great deal of time and resources to transfer knowledge and boost workforce capability through training solutions. We scramble to innovate; to build more, better, faster solutions that can only be consumed at a standstill...off-task...out of the workflow...restraining the very thing we chase - Productivity. Accelerating Productivity implies forward motion and the context where this motion should occur is where Productivity is optimized - Point-of-Work. (more…)

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Is Your L&D Function Equipped to Be a Disrupter…or a Disruptee?

“Disruption” is getting a lot of airplay of late…and rightly so, even if you only consider the disruption of transitioning enterprise systems (Digital Transformation) to the cloud. The implications to L&D are enormous when you consider the L&D team owns end-user readiness and tasked to ensure sustained capability at Point-of-Work. The question becomes one of “Do we (L&D) aggressively pursue proactive readiness, or…do we react to deployment training shortfalls after it shifts to implementation and the journey to full adoption while bottom-line business value is at a very real risk?”…

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Old Dog with New Tricks?

It’s always amazing to me where my posts come from, and this one is no exception. I’ll blame this one on @Brandon Carson in his recent LinkedIn feed contribution where he referenced tiring of the phrase “30-under-30”. Needless to say, comments flew from the ether positioning for and against, and the dialogue got me thinking about my own career…and my status of being an “old dog”. Methinks it’s not so much about the age as it is about the “tricks” that are brought to the table...and the underlying passion fire…

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Why Adopt Point-of-Work Assessment Methodology?

At conferences where I speak I always begin by asking, “How many of your organizations have a dynamic learning performance ecosystem in place today?” Rarely does a single hand go up. Some participants don’t know. Some are unsure. Some don’t want to embarrass themselves. And others simply think its BS jargon and suspect it’s a trick question. They would be correct…that it’s a trick question…not that it’s BS HR/L&D jargon. And then I share the following fact: (more…)

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POINT-of-WORK: Optimize the ENTIRE Ecosystem with Intentional Design

Once upon a time I was under the influence of learning technology; strung out on LMS. It was a relentless addiction to the perception that training drove performance outcomes. It’s all my team could think about, and it was all our stakeholders could think about. Everyone encountering a performance challenge wanted TRAINING. If the desired performance did not result, we obviously needed more, better, faster training. In reality, the only two things we ever came close to optimizing were Bob Mosher’s first two Moments of Need…NEW & MORE, and the…

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