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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70:20:10? Or Is It…85:12:3?

<Rant> To answer the question suggested by the title I offer another question – “Who gives a rip?” – as long as the end-game drives sustained workforce capability. The correct ratio is only correct if the end-game is reached. (more…)

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“Sustainable EPS Discipline?” Or “One-and-Done?”

Recently, I learned that it takes approximately 30 square miles of ocean for a loaded oil tanker to reverse course 180 degrees. That seems like a lot of ocean, but then, that’s a lot of boat to turn around – and a lot of momentum related to the existing course direction. It’s funny how momentum proves to be the primary challenge and source of resistance when standing in the way to a change in direction. While 30 square miles represents useless trivia, the significance and parallels represented by factors of…

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When Are MOOCs Not MOOCs?

This post this likely to twist a knot in a few knickers, but hey...what's a few knots now and then, so buckle up...this might nudge you beyond the limits of a training paradigm. Traditionally, a MOOC, in academic circles, is known as a Massive Open Online Course...and I have no problem with that. Where I get torqued down tight is when corporate Training tries to emulate an academic MOOC with corporate learning content. When that happens, corporate L&D potentially misses the boat. (more…)

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Choosing Chain Guns & Performance Analytics

Whoa…now there’s a title begging for context. You may need to consult a 12-year old gamer to draw the parallels, but there really is one, so hang with me for a few minutes. This post is an attempt to make the point that while performance data can now be exploited beyond our wildest expectations, there are tactical disadvantages that accompany decisions related to pursuing an aggressive analytics implementation without a well-thought out battle plan firmly in hand. And yes, I learned these things at the 32nd level of Destiny during…

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Define EPS Readiness Before Developing Strategy

The discipline of Embedded Performance Support [EPS] is rapidly becoming an integral part of a dynamic learning and performance strategy. Adoption of this innovative and disruptive discipline represents an organizational change management initiative whether your organization consists of 50 or 500,000 souls tasked to generate sustained business value. The first question to pursue an answer is, Are you "ready" to adopt this discipline, or are you at a "state of readiness" to adopt this discipline? Too often I'm seeing a "ready" horse before a "readiness" cart because current "AS IS"…

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Driving Performance with Extended Blend

Permit me to open this post by dispelling the myth that we, as training professionals, hold as fact and have convinced our stakeholders over the years – training drives performance. Yes, it truly is a myth. And after thirty-some odd years in the corporate training business, I’m as guilty as any for perpetuating this myth, and, I might add, with boundless enthusiasm. In all honesty, training offered as a performance solution can only drive potential.  And we have readily available proof of this reality through solid evaluation practices at levels…

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Turn Loose the MOOCs

When I first saw the MOOC acronym several years ago, I thought it was a play on the Moodle platform’s core capabilities. When I learned that MOOCs were massive open online courses, and that MOOC had deep roots in academia, I would’ve bet money on there being a connection with Moodle. To be honest, Moodle works well with a MOOC environment because non-classroom content, specifically, social learning and other informal activities can be tracked and counted toward “course completion”. No parts of what I described are bad news, and nothing…

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Experience API [xAPI] & Why You Should Give a Rip

They say that even a blind squirrel will find a nut eventually, and I am living proof of that concept. So there I was at DevLearn 2014 locked in to speak at a couple of breakout sessions and facilitate a tabletop discussion at the crack of dawn on day one. I’m there on a Performance Support mission of “seek and learn” and purely by accident I stumbled over a pre-conference session Tuesday afternoon called the xAPI Hyperdrive. Yup…maybe not totally aligned with the squirrel metaphor, but I found a nut…

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ECOSYSTEM: Is the Concept Jive, Jargon or Justified?

One of the more recent buzzwords surfacing in our L&D lexicon is “Ecosystem”, and I see it as having more significance to a sustainable learning and performance strategy than acceptance. Several pundits like Rosenburg, Mosher and Gottfredson, among others are using “ecosystem” routinely in conversations and presentations. The question that jumps into my brain is “Why seek what you already have?” I say this primarily because every organization already has a Learning & Performance Ecosystem. The question that manifests from “Why seek…” is “It’s not really a question of having…

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