Lipstick on a Training Paradigm – Oink!

Yeah, this could be classified as another rant, but that’s what happens when someone gets radicalized by a new paradigm…a Performance paradigm, to be more specific. My radicalization did not take place until after I had been in L&D for over twenty-five years, and looking back, I had racked up an impressive string of failures during that timeframe. Not failures in my output or those of teams I led, but in the workforce performance our efforts sustained...or more accurately…what our efforts did not sustain. (more…)

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From Workflow Documentation Springs Exemplary Performance

I just had breakfast with a good friend and colleague, and, the usual thing happened; the conversation shifted to performance challenges around business systems implementations. He is a process improvement engineer blessed with the curse of a training background followed by deep business process improvement experience. While that sounds like a contradiction in terms, it is a blessing/curse we both share. We both know and love the profession of training, but, because of that background, we both know where training can never be effective - system implementation and adoption. (more…)

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Convergence and the Impact on Our Training Paradigm

When we are chasing sustainable business system implementation there are a number of activities organizations pursue. The traditional stand-by includes training for end-users…and I own several of those t-shirts…most reminders of a failure. Not a failure of rendering a quality training product from the teams I led, but a failure that manifests post-deployment – adoption – optimization – sustained capability – take your pick of those three in any combination. (more…)

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Business Systems Deployment: Driving Implementation & Adoption with EPS

READER NOTE: This is a re-post that has been updated based upon new learning and experiences as well as a couple new links. This could easily turn into another rant, but I will press ahead anyway and attempt to make a point or two that addresses the question, “How can we not see this?” The “this” in my question represents the desired outcome we anticipate but rarely achieve, even with our best training efforts to equip our workforce to deliver – sustained capability. To support my point, I will address…

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Enterprise Systems Deployment vs. Bathing an Orangutan

This title may seem a bit odd, but both can end badly; especially if a deployment effort for an enterprise-wide system like ERP, or CRM, or [insert the application of your choice here] relies upon effective training to ensure full adoption. Trust me, I’ve been down this road a couple times now and have an impressive string of failures. No…I was not foolish enough to soap up a monkey that was at least ten times stronger than me, but I have witnessed multiple system deployments that ended poorly. (more…)

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