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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INSIGHT CURATION:   Knowledge, Wisdom & Lemonade

I don’t normally rely upon sources like Quora for insights, but I thought this Post by Chris Reiss was worth repeating as it brilliantly illustrates definitions that support the key point in this post… Knowledge is measuring that a desert path is 12.4 miles long Wisdom is packing enough water for the hike Insight is building a lemonade stand at mile 6 I love the definition that includes “building a lemonade stand” which perfectly defines an actionable insight. Knowledge and Wisdom are both important but neither one (on their own)…

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CONTENT CURATION:  Are We After Knowledge, Wisdom or Insights?

The obvious answer is, “All three, right?” It starts with curation, and rapid adoption of content curation across our L&D discipline is both encouraging to see and frightening to comprehend. The frightening part, based on my own curation experiences, and as an observer of the curation process, is how easily we create bulk information to serve as initial knowledge. Given the exponential growth of information sources and powerful search capabilities like Google at our disposal, a bulk-curated information tsunami is inbound…if not already on the beach.  We’ve effectively curated ourselves…

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PERFORMANCE INSIGHTS: An Insight-Powered, Critical-Thinking Engine

Great…another technology to consider, right? That pretty much summed up my first reaction too, and then I gained a significant moment of insight of my own. This new cloud-based discovery enables strategic knowledge acquisition; collaborative wisdom & knowledge-sharing essential for effective critical-thinking at the Moment of Need through next generation curation technology. Being a big fan of Point-of-Work technology, I initially imagined redundancy but that feeling of overlap and a personal flashback of “What could’ve been?” served as motivation to dig a little deeper into why Performance Insights are different…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Find an Experienced Outfitter Before Attempting the Climb

Living in Learning by HPO

After one Chapter 11 fiasco and three Reduction-in-Force events in the last 10 years, I’ve decided it’s time to join the “gig economy” as a Human Performance Outfitter. With the last dozen or so years dedicated to Point-of-Work Solutions leveraging performance support and technology integration, I will be the first to confess that adoption of Point-of-Work Solutions is not a project…it’s a discipline…a journey equivalent to climbing a mountain. Having personally made the ascent several times there are tips, techniques, skills, tools, and maps necessary to guide you to the summit…

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT:  Start with a Point-of-Work Assessment – PWA

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 Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA) 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 brush ups.…

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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 – A Repeatable, Agile, Discipline to Enable Learning Performance Guidance

Point-of-Work (PoW) is where measurable business outcomes are generated...or they're lost…if not lost...compromised. I hope you can agree that Workforce Performance has a direct line to productivity and profitability at PoW. That single fact seems straight-forward to this camper and that if we truly seek positive business outcomes as our end-game, shouldn't we focus our discovery and solution designs there first? It only took me 20 years to shift my thinking…and my results. (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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