“Status Quomentum” – A Hidden Core Performance Restrainer

Yes, I have just coined a new phrase to highlight a common affliction within organizations often found lurking behind “resistance to change.” What parts of the organization? All of them actually, but...the most capable entity in position to overcome status quomentum is Learning and Development (L&D)...or it should be. In fact, L&D has unfortunately played the role of perpetuating the deeply embedded myth driving status quomentum – Training Drives Performance. Because of that myth our operational stakeholders look to L&D (referring to us as the Training Department) for resolutions to…

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POINT-of-WORK: Ground Zero for Workforce Transformation

Considering most businesses have a distributed WFH workforce there are multiple transformations that must take place ranging from Cultural/Environmental changes to People/Capabilities; Workflows/Processes; Resources/Information; Systems/Technology; Impact/Analytics; and most importantly, Change Leadership challenges. Easy to see that we face a significant journey to adopt and sustain effective workforce transformation. My question is simple – Where do we begin? (more…)

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POINT-OF-WORK:  An Agile Solutioning Methodology – DRIVER  

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Point-of-Work (PoW) is where measurable business outcomes are generated...or they are lost…or if not lost...compromised. I am an advocate that, at the core, Workforce Transformation has a direct line to optimization of sustained productivity and profitability, and these outcomes require measurable performance outcomes manifesting at Point-of-Work That single fact seems straight-forward to this camper and that if we truly seek positive business outcomes as our endgame, shouldn't we focus our discovery and solution designs there first? It only took me 20 years to shift my thinking…adopt a new performance DRIVER…and…

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POINT-OF-WORK: Office of Workforce Capability (OWC)?

Is it time to create an organizational entity scoped and chartered to ensure sustained workforce capability? Is it time to enable performance IN Workflows at Moments of Need found at Point-of-Work? Ask the operational stakeholders if they are after knowledge...or the capability to execute at Point-of-Work to add measurable value to the bottom line. They want results. Their challenge is the blind spot we've created by selling the idea that Training drives Performance...so that's what is typically requested. Training alone is NOT going to deliver the mail. Here’s a disruptive…

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POINT-OF-WORK: Translate Training Activity to Productivity Impact

Downsized three times in seven years. Why? Because we could not show bottom line value creation and productivity impact. Why? Because Point-of-Work was not assessed to determine what was restraining performance. In other words, no performance benchmarks were established at current state. Instead, solutions were automagically defaulted to training-based and focused on skill profiles, learning objectives, and competencies. Not wrong...just not enough. (more…)

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POINT-OF-WORK: CEO for a Day

If I had the opportunity to be CEO for a day, I’d blow the doors off the existing Learning/Training paradigm and shift my CLO out from under the HR umbrella or create a role and align them as a direct report...with the title of Chief Capability Officer (CCO). Place the CCO over the Office of Workforce Capability (OWC) staffed with a hit squad of Performance Consultants working directly with Operational stakeholders. Start small - then scale! (more…)

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POINT-OF-WORK: Strategic Approach to Sustaining Tactical Performance Success

For the purposes of this post, the key words in this title are “Performance Success”. Certainly a strategic approach needs well-developed objectives accompanied by cohesive and flexible tactical plans to execute effectively. There are four CHANGE stages to this mission: Deployment – GoLive of whatever is going live…new tech, process, product, policy, etc. Implementation – Moment of Need Support of Post-GoLive to ensure we StayLive Adoption - Routinization of Workflow applications to ensure we OptimizeLive Sustainment - Established change & maintenance protocols to ensure RetainLive A successful and sustainable strategic…

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Point-of-Work Readiness Assessment

The Point-of-Work Assessment (PWA) is a discovery discipline designed to examine sources of performance and productivity restrainers in the Workflow. The outcome delivers findings across six categories of attributes limiting optimization of workforce capability. Traditional Training Needs Assessments typically only cover one - People/Capability - in search of training solutions. That's great...but not enough! (more…)

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POINT-of-WORK: A Discipline That Evolves the Scope of Training

Training? Are we Training or are we Learning & Development (L&D)? Depends who you ask. To our operational stakeholders we are referred to most often as “Training” not as “L&D”. Why? Mainly because of the long-held beliefs that “Training Drives Performance”. If an operational leader perceives a performance shortfall, “Call Training!” because that’s what we do. But what if the performance deficiency is not exclusively a knowledge or skills gap? Methinks L&D should STILL get the call…AND the request for training should be met with “Sure we can help with…

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POINT-of-WORK: Is It a Destination or a Discipline?

The short answer is YES! Arriving at a destination has a connotation of finality or completion, but what happens when the characteristics of the “destination” are dynamic and influenced by continuous change? Welcome to the world of Learning & Development (L&D); a world where we struggle to optimize workforce performance outcomes with static solutions and technology in a Dynamic Learning Performance Ecosystem. We (L&D) see it. Our operational stakeholders see it…and are asking for different solutions that show measurable impact to the bottom-line. The question becomes one of are we…

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