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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MyLibrary Suggestions for Performance Support & Performance Consulting

My radicalization around the pursuit of Performance Support and formal Performance Consulting training happened in 2004, and during that time I've acquired several books that I consider required reading. I've pulled these together on a single page and have each book linked to the associated page at Amazon.com if you would like to read content details and/or make a purchase. If you have other favorites you have discovered in your own practice, let me know and I'll add them to the list. I will continue to add to this list…

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EPS Readiness: Are you there yet?

At the recent Learning Solutions 2014 conference in Orlando, the Guild added another concurrent conference to the venue – Ecosystems 2014. Amazingly, at an additional cost there were over 200 participants attend the extra breakout sessions. While there were more questions surface than answers, it was clear that the concept of addressing the Learning & Performance environment as an ecosystem was a hit...and more questions than answers. (more…)

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LMS Envy: The Love-Hate Relationship with Technology

In a recent dialog on the CLO-Network, we discussed why so many LMS owners were not happy with their systems - that there seemed to be a "disconnect" between what they envisioned they would own after GoLive and what they actually wound up owning. Why is there such a love-hate relationship with LMS (and other) technology? Why does it seem that someone else always has the better system? Truth is, "better" is a relative term. (more…)

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Living in Learning is Resource #100 @ eLearningLearning

I'm anxiously awaiting a shroud of balloons and confetti at the news of being number 100. Living in Learning is a new blog that renders rants, raves and ramblings of one who wakes up every day living in learning. Recent momentum centers on the evolution of training departments into business partners who create continuous learning environments. The current of learning matching the flow of business should yield a single velocity where learning and work are part of the same motion. (more…)

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The Death of Training: Rumors Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Chances are good that I have contributed to those rumors, though not with an inkling of anything resembling malicious intent. Several of the professional groups I have joined through LinkedIn yield consistent discussion themes that register concern for the future of training. The concern comes from a cross-section of trainers, designers, training managers, and vendors. You would think tough economic times are a driver behind why this concern exists. I agree, but only in part. We were seeing signs of this before the economy went bust. Tough times have just…

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Training to Learning – The Impossible Shift

Now that title should generate a ripple or two on the pond, especially when I have been so vocal about the need for just such a shift. So…is this post a confession that I have changed my mind? Not quite. Not even. If anything, I am more passionate than ever, but over the years, I have gotten smarter about moving around obstacles that stifle momentum rather than fight through immovable walls of opposition or resistance. My new approach requires the application of marshal arts – judo – to be more…

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The Future of Learning is NOT Now!

I realize this may stretch the pretext of a cute catchphrase, but it seems appropriate this afternoon. The future of learning truly is NOT now because we are not ready for it...nor are we at a state of readiness even if it were now. The catalyst for making this statement about the future of learning stems from my good fortune and honor to participate in a virtual discussion yesterday as a panelist in, “The Future of the Business of Learning”, sponsored by Learn Trends, ISA and Training Magazine Network. The…

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Learning Think 2.0

Think back to the emergence of e-learning. Pick any date that is conjured in your memory. My first exposure appeared on the scene as computer-based training (CBT) back in the 1980s. Regardless of when you first experienced it or how it was delivered, the shift was on, and a huge transition of traditional classroom training underwent a retrofit to any of several electronic formats. What changed? (more…)

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High Velocity Learning

The phrase living in learning has relevance for each of us since we are engaged in the process of learning nearly every waking minute of our lives.  Sometimes we encounter learning moments with premeditated intent - need to take an e-learning course on "X" to renew a certification.  Other times we learn despite having no conscious desire to acquire learning at all - never again will I pee on an electric fence.  (more…)

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