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True Confessions from a Performance Ninja

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment

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. Read more…

Buck Tradition or Risk Being Crushed By the Scope of Your Paradigm

March 4, 2012 2 comments

Yikes! Sounds downright subversive, maybe even a wee bit scandalous to launch right into something at the outset, does it not? Very likely, this chapter title may imply behavior that is a little risky too. Personally, I think it is high time we view risk as a catalyst, not a restrainer…and that is not “too-much-caffeine” doing the talking. Seriously, it is time to act on the risks that threaten training as we know it, and I am not so much talking about Training –the “action” – as much as I am referencing the discipline of it – those of us who design, develop, and deliver it. The risk, as I see it, is clinging to traditions as the annual budget boat floods with disappointing training outcomes. If your response is, “Disappointing to whom?”, you may need to do a little bucking yourself. Read more…

Now That Is One Ugly Baby…

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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. And in the course of what you read here I just might refer to training as the “ugly baby”; however, not so much at the course-level, but at the level of our intentions for the role that “baby” plays in giving back to the organization later in the span of its life. Read more…

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