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 phases 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 approach…

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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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Digital Adoption Solutions (DAS) Technology Has an Identity…Finally…Now What?

About two years ago I contacted Gartner regarding a Magic Quadrant for Performance Support; they had none…and no immediate plans stating they were not in “that space”. I suggested at the time that if they were serious about being in the learning space, they should include performance support. I doubt if my suggestion was the catalyst, but they just released a document for Digital Adoption Solutions - DAS platforms in the context of Sales Effectiveness and provided a list of vendors. Sort of… (more…)

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CEO for a Day…Epilogue

Friday afternoon I had one of those moments where “poking the bear” was top of mind. The thoughts that surfaced triggered a brief paragraph-sized post…launched around 2:00 PM ET on Friday…10,017 views as of noon Saturday and some great dialogue still underway. “Why poke the bear?” or maybe, “Who is the bear?” Funny thing, the bear is not a “who” as much as it is a “what”. The bear is a myth. that many organizations at the enterprise level must overcome…simply put, it’s a blind spot. The bear is a…

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Pros and Cons of Virtual Knowledge-Sharing Venues for Onboarding

In a previous corporate role, I completed a Point-of-Work Assessment – PWA with several colleagues in support of a new supervisory role slated for integration into 500+ retail stores. During the PWA, those slated for the promotion and a contingent of incumbents told us they wanted NO eLearning in preparation for the new role. Each store had one, maybe two computers available for training, so availability was tough and re-accessing eLearning all but impossible. Our practice was headed toward pushing training out to the stores for Floor Sales Supervisors and…

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