70:20:10 – Myth or Legend?

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than enjoying a steaming cup of coffee and lively conversation in good company. Italian roast and talking with Jos Arets of the 70:20:10 Institute triggered a couple of things this past weekend. First; this blog post. Second; Jos’s invitation to join the Institute as an Expert Partner. Needless to say, I’m honored to be part of something I believe in and will attempt to define why in this post by answering the question – Is 70:20:10 a myth or a legend? (more…)

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INTENTIONAL DESIGN – Redirecting L&D Strategy to the Point-of-Work

To some this may seem like more of a “mis-direction” than a re-direction. Redirection almost sounds like a course correction…and in many respects it is, but then I make that distinction from a previous life experience. Humor me for a minute for a quick story to make the point that L&D in some organizations has lost its way. Yes, it can happen, and this story tells of how that can happen through the eyes of an effective L&D team that was effectively undone. This “undoing” is the basis of my…

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True Confessions from a Performance Ninja

This is a true story. No instructional designers or facilitators were harmed...threatened a little...but not harmed permanently. It was a Monday morning. Early. I’d already sucked down three cups of coffee…not counting the venti bold with a shot on the way to work. I could no longer hear the ringing in my ears due to the buzz in my brain now masking all other real or imagined internal bodily noises. (more…)

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Are You Just Paying Lip Service to 70:20:10?

<Rant  Alert> yeah…another one… Now why would anyone ask an accusatory question like that? Likely, no one would, but hey…check out this point of view. It might be a worthy question to ask given the failures of our current Training Paradigm to actually sustain workforce performance.  I mean seriously; based upon how we clutch our current Training Paradigm to our chests like a flotation device in a water landing you’d think workforce performance depends entirely upon our ability to capability. Sorry guys…the only thing we “train-in” is potential. Performance only…

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The Consistency of Disruptive Innovation

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Little Big Man” starring a very young Dustin Hoffman who was abducted as a toddler by Indians…yes, I know, Native Americans. He grew up through childhood to become a young adult brave, and had an adopted grandfather who was also the tribal medicine man. Whenever he was confronted with a challenge growing up the old man would always say…sweeping his arm wide, “Endeavor to persevere!”. When confronted with people who seemed bent on destroying him, the advice given by the old man…

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Onboarding Vs. Waterboarding: Is There a Difference?

Yes, this post is likely to morph into a rant; the first clue is in the title. Is there a difference between your onboarding process and the process of waterboarding? One uses water...and the other holds the new hire down and administers enough information at a continuous pace so they get the overwhelming sensation of drowning. Which one do you put your new hires through? (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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Driving Performance with Extended Blend

Permit me to open this post by dispelling the myth that we, as training professionals, hold as fact and have convinced our stakeholders over the years – training drives performance. Yes, it truly is a myth. And after thirty-some odd years in the corporate training business, I’m as guilty as any for perpetuating this myth, and, I might add, with boundless enthusiasm. In all honesty, training offered as a performance solution can only drive potential.  And we have readily available proof of this reality through solid evaluation practices at levels…

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Turn Loose the MOOCs

When I first saw the MOOC acronym several years ago, I thought it was a play on the Moodle platform’s core capabilities. When I learned that MOOCs were massive open online courses, and that MOOC had deep roots in academia, I would’ve bet money on there being a connection with Moodle. To be honest, Moodle works well with a MOOC environment because non-classroom content, specifically, social learning and other informal activities can be tracked and counted toward “course completion”. No parts of what I described are bad news, and nothing…

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Admiring the Problem of Moving to a Performance Paradigm

In a previous life, I had a boss that used the phrase “admiring the problem” when there was an opportunity staring us in the face and all we could muster was a string of meetings to discuss; agree on key points; white board thoughts and great ideas; discuss a little bit more; and then schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss what we had just discussed. No action on innovative ideas seemed to ever gain any traction, so we just stayed in that comfortable status quo position to see and agree…

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