Managing Change or Leading Change: Does It Matter?

At first glance Change Management (CM) and Change Leadership (CL) may be considered interchangeable and simply more jargon used to confuse a familiar concept. Stay with me on this post as there is a significant difference when the end-game is the desire to create full adoption and sustained capability of any Change initiative.  (more…)

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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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Define EPS Readiness Before Developing Strategy

The discipline of Embedded Performance Support [EPS] is rapidly becoming an integral part of a dynamic learning and performance strategy. Adoption of this innovative and disruptive discipline represents an organizational change management initiative whether your organization consists of 50 or 500,000 souls tasked to generate sustained business value. The first question to pursue an answer is, Are you "ready" to adopt this discipline, or are you at a "state of readiness" to adopt this discipline? Too often I'm seeing a "ready" horse before a "readiness" cart because current "AS IS"…

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Define the “DO” First

The title of this post represents the core concept behind effectively adopting a Performance Paradigm as opposed to a Training Paradigm where we often chase the "KNOW" as our first priority. Rest easy, friends because there may yet be a storyboard in the process...and then again...maybe not. (more…)

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Red Wire/Blue Wire & the Explosive Failure of Training

The down-lights were all turned on and illuminating the island in the middle of our kitchen when my wife turned the corner and saw me immersed in a creative moment. The red wire had just been inserted into the sausage when she stopped in her tracks; hands firmly planted on her hips with that this-better-be-good look on her face; and she let fly, “What the heck are you doing?” (more…)

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Performance Support & “The Art of War”

Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” is a collection of tactics of a military nature that have many parallels to the “battles” we fight in our everyday work lives. Despite the focus on war, fighting and overcoming enemies, there are peaceful applications of strategy and tactics I choose to employ. Believe it or not, there are useful parallels in managing organizational change with these very same tactics. (more…)

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Stop, Drop & Roll – The Moment of Apply

At a Change Leadership workshop I held a couple years ago I demonstrated a concept around the concept of Stimulus/Response to make the point that there is more going on behind the curtain in one’s brain than you might first expect when attempting to change behavior. In this post, I will attempt to align the obvious aspects of “flight or fight” as an overlay to the value of positioning performance support over training. Imagine me going there… (more…)

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EPS Technology & the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

Using the phrase “EPS Technology” is probably a mistake when you consider Embedded Performance Support [EPS] is not a technology; rather, it is a discipline…that has technology implications. What I’ve experienced over the years is our tendency toward embracing the technology too early and then wind up trying to make our business requirements fit into whatever was purchased...or whatever we got talked into by a vendor. (more…)

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Positioning EPS: Consider A Novel Non-technology Approach

It is amazing to me that positioning Embedded Performance Support [EPS] is such an arduous task. I get the sense that the knee-jerk reaction to a new discipline that may well imply new technology turns the conversation into a "new technology" conversation from the get-go. What I'm learning as I get deeper into the variations on what an EPS discipline may actually look like, I realized that the technology part of the equation may be well down the path of adoption...and, in fact, may never manifest at all...ever. (more…)

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