“Check Box” Training, or Is It “Check Box” L&D?

It’s Saturday morning, and am fully caffeinated…sitting on the deck and nursing on the business end of a fairly decent cigar. It’s odd moments like these that a craving to rip out a blog post gets flung upon me. Out of the blue a question landed on my brain and I thought was significant enough to help make the point I seem to endlessly make on my previous posts. Training alone does NOT drive performance, it only contributes to potential. I know, I know, those of you who keep coming…

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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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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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ELearning Guild Webinar on 6/18/14 – Post Event Q&A and Follow-up

The eLearning Guild is running a live webinar on "Extending the Blend with Performance Support" this afternoon at 1PM EDT. From what they are telling me, we could be close to maxing out 1,000 seats. Thank you in advance to all who are willing to invest an hour on this important topic. In anticipation of more questions than we will have time to address, I am creating this blog as a post-event Q&A opportunity. Recognizing I do have a day job, I will make every attempt to provide timely answers…

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An Evolving Ground Zero for Training Solutions

One of the most intelligent individuals, Albert Einstein, once defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Are we guilty of doing this when we turn to training as the means to boost workforce capability? In reality, training does contribute to this competitive necessity, but the contribution is shrinking when held up against sustained human performance and workforce agility in the workplace. Let’s face it, the rules of engagement for effectively driving performance in our businesses have shifted to a large field of…

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Now That Is One Ugly Baby…

Those are words a parent never wants to hear. After enduring sixteen hours of labor, my wife delivered our son, and due to general anesthesia from an emergency C-section, I was the first of us to see him. I can only imagine what the doctor and nurses must have thought, because he was one ugly baby. I’m talking pointed head, swollen lips and distorted face from being the proverbial marshmallow being forced unsuccessfully through a keyhole for over 16-hours. But this book is not about babies. It is about training.…

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Justifying Learning @ the Point of Work

A recent post “Evolving Training Into the Perfect Hole” brought a comment to me that I could really identify with as being a key challenge – justification for seriously considering learning @ the point of work. I find it stunning that the concept of learning @ the point of work is such a hard sell, especially when you consider that opportunities to learn and moments of potential failure happen at the same time…and very often in the same place - @ the point of work. Better training…or more training…have little-to-nothing…

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Velocity of Business Changing the Training Game

What rules of training engagement are changing in your world? Many of us witness the velocity of work demand increasingly rapidly. The need to perform flawlessly is converging with the need to learn just-in-time. This is happening outside of the scope we currently support. Training traditions we hold dear are no longer able to keep up. What are you doing in your training organization to supplement your core efforts in order to keep pace with demands from the workforce? Write an answer on Quora...here's the link: With the velocity of business increasing,…

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“LMS Sinks Titanic” & Other Learning Myths

I can remember my first Learning Management System (LMS) implementation from years ago. Actually, in those days they called them Training Management Systems (TMS). This one, Registrar, if I recall correctly, despite its limited functionality, worked better to meet our needs than the four LMS platforms I have endured since.  Registrar was simple. It tracked learning. Learning was simple. You did it in a classroom. Period. With the advent of e-learning, the innovation dam broke, and the TMS morphed into LMS and soon a component of a more complex Human…

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Re-Thinking HR-based Training Organizations: A Break from Tradition?

I like the concept of “re-thinking” training organizations based in HR, and I say this from personal work history primarily based in the training space over the last thirty plus years. The blended perspective I have comes from working both inside and outside of HR in training organizations. I found them to have a very different focus. (more…)

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