Selling Performance Support In-House

As is often the case, a previous blog triggers a great question that shines the light on something I either missed or have not yet spent any time developing. Several folks I’ve recently talked with have expressed concerns and asked for ideas on how to get their leadership off the dime about considering performance support as a strategic issue for the organization. My gut reaction is this – performance support (PS) is too closely tied to training. (more…)

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Assembling the Performance Support Strategy Puzzle

It’s hard to find any one thing in my career in corporate learning more satisfying than the recent buzz surrounding Performance Support (PS). In some ways, I can extract a sense of validation out of the rise in importance of something that has been around for years. I say validated because I’ve been an advocate of PS since being bulldozed by hiring into a company well into their third wave of a SAP implementation. Those were the days that stoked the fire in my belly to defend myself with a…

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What Blocks Performance Support from Becoming a Strategic Initiative?

This title implies that performance support is not strategic. The question I am convinced we need to address is this, “Why not?” Perhaps a better title would be, “Whadaya Need, a Knock on the Head?” Maybe I’m all raked up in a pile over this because I’ve witnessed performance support make a tangible difference in previous lives. Back to the question, “Why not?”  Here’s something radical…methinks it’s the stink rubbed off from Training. (more…)

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Bloomfire’s Interview on T&D’s Role in Performance Improvement

This is an interview by Bloomfire I participated in almost two years ago that just resurfaced on their blog. I think the relevance is timely and worth sharing again for those who missed it. The basis for this dialog centers around how the T&D role is being stressed to meet the new learning demands of business and some thoughts on what to do about it. (more…)

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Training Needs To Get Plucked

<RANT> Did any of you read the article posted at Chief Learning Officer’s site, “When Employees Hack Learning – and Why That’s a Good Thing”? If not check it out – short and sweet – and right on the money. Evidence of this "hacking" also shows up as something that many LMS administrators see in their reporting summaries as a negative signal – Course Incompletions – courses forever in “In Progress” status, and likely never to be completed. This is NOT a negative indicator of the value of training content,…

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Admiring the Problems of Our Own Success

I just stepped out of another awesome dialogue that has triggered another post. A two-part question was asked about “How to influence our training peers to step away from antiquated practices” ...AND... “How to demonstrate to senior leadership that there is a better way to drive performance”. I think both parts of that question are essential and foundational to getting us out of the current practices that are so dangerously embedded. I say “dangerous” because both training budgets and jobs are at risk if we cling to status quo. Until…

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Myopic Vision Limits Training Effectiveness

Once again, I find motivation flung upon me to grind out a new post based upon an awesome question asked this morning in one of my networking groups. The question, “Do we see a myopic view by training [L&D] limiting training’s impact?” And a second part, “What do we need to do to overcome it?” One response suggested it was not so much “myopic” as it was “funnel vision!” I heartily agree, and on either view [sorry…], if our vision does not peek through a more holistic lens to view…

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Knowledge & Skills VS. Sustained Capability

The title of this post sort of implies an “either/or” relationship, and I wanted that to come across – at least initially. Why? Because these two outcomes are attained at two different stages of competency development over the span of time that learning occurs. Not only what learning occurs but where, when and how it occurs. There is no shortage of flashy jargon and countless descriptive labels used in the learning industry these days that promise performance impacts, and I am probably guilty of using most of them at one…

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Buck Tradition or Risk Being Crushed By the Scope of Your Paradigm

Yikes! Sounds downright subversive, maybe even a wee bit scandalous to launch right into something at the outset, does it not? Very likely, this chapter title may imply behavior that is a little risky too. Personally, I think it is high time we view risk as a catalyst, not a restrainer...and that is not “too-much-caffeine” doing the talking. Seriously, it is time to act on the risks that threaten training as we know it, and I am not so much talking about Training –the “action” – as much as I…

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Evolving Training Into the Perfect Hole

A colleague recently asked me to respond to a question that has been a source of constant challenge [for me at least] in my last three corporate training gigs that span about 15 years or so. I cannot imagine my experiences are that dissimilar to many of us who work in the business of Training. Here was his question, “What’s the biggest hurdle to getting stakeholders (employees, employers, clients etc.) involved and engaged with workplace training – and how do you overcome it?” Personally, I believe this question distracts us…

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