Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance?

Stumbled over a couple of great reads this week that flung a craving on me to share a few thoughts. There is no shortage of new innovation we seek to implement in our L&D discipline, and Micro-Learning is one of the most recent. Depending upon how one chooses to integrate "Micro-Anything", the results can range from truly innovative solutions to merely applying more lipstick on the training pig. (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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Call Center Productivity Issues?  It’s About the Hands!

Over the last ten years or so I find my most meaningful work efforts seem to fall right smack in the middle of the chaotic environment of call centers. There seems to be no fighting the trend, and after drinking the Performance Paradigm Kool-Aid, I've come to the conclusion I'm right where I need to be. What follows is one story that has me totally convinced that the Point-of-Work...a.k.a....the Point-of-"The Call" is ground zero for a number of reasons. (more…)

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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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Performance Consultant Lives Matter!

We had just left a national all-hands company meeting where senior leadership fired everybody up with news of a potential buy-out at $97 per share. I’d been aggressively saving in the form of stock purchases at $11 for three years and had a sizeable stash of stock options maturing. The only question on my mind right then was, “Where am I going to park the boat?” Two weeks later we were informed the company had filed for Chapter 11 and all shares of common stock were worthless, and I was…

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Free Agent – Hurled Through the Window of Opportunity

Boss: “I have some unfortunate news.” Me: (thinking to myself) ‘Here we go…again…’ Boss: “Your position has been eliminated effective a week from Friday.” Me: “Hmmm, something tells me this is not a joke.” Boss: “I’m sorry. This is no joke.” Bah-dump-tssshhh! (Not sure that’s the correct spelling for a rim shot, but that’s the audio clip that played in my head.) (more…)

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Readiness – Set – Go: Pursuing a Sustainable EPS Strategy

The path to shifting a long-held training paradigm to a holistic learning and performance paradigm is not a task for the faint-of-heart. Trust me on this…I have the scars to prove it. The greatest challenge I encountered in my own journey reveals there is more Change Leadership related implications than anything else. To compound that challenge, defining a “how to” road map is a tough nut to crack because every single deployment…then implementation…then fully enabling sustained adoption… is unique to the organization making the climb to the summit. So…do we…

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70:20:10? Or Is It…85:12:3?

<Rant> To answer the question suggested by the title I offer another question – “Who gives a rip?” – as long as the end-game drives sustained workforce capability. The correct ratio is only correct if the end-game is reached. (more…)

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“Sustainable EPS Discipline?” Or “One-and-Done?”

Recently, I learned that it takes approximately 30 square miles of ocean for a loaded oil tanker to reverse course 180 degrees. That seems like a lot of ocean, but then, that’s a lot of boat to turn around – and a lot of momentum related to the existing course direction. It’s funny how momentum proves to be the primary challenge and source of resistance when standing in the way to a change in direction. While 30 square miles represents useless trivia, the significance and parallels represented by factors of…

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