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POINT-of-WORK:  4-Phase Path to Sustainability

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My attempts in this post to clarify Point-of-Work are driven by the fact that L&D cannot simply pursue the Point-of-Work associated with the primary end-user…like we typically do when we target and launch a static training course.

Deployment Vs. Implementation – Is There a Difference?

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PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Is Devolution in Training Blocking Evolution in Performance?

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Many of my Performance Support colleagues and I have lamented over and struggled to find why the adoption of performance support technology has been so difficult. Having been in the L&D discipline for over 30 years, I can see why, and it’s not a failure of L&D. It’s a failure of the Training paradigm in which we’ve devolved as we have evolved.

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Find an Experienced Outfitter Before Attempting the Climb

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After one Chapter 11 fiasco and three Reduction-in-Force events in the last 10 years, I’ve decided it’s time to join the “gig economy” as a Human Performance Outfitter.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT:  Start with a Learning Performance Assessment

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LMS Market Trends revealed 48% of organizations desire a "new or different learning technology" and nearly half (47%) are at least seeking to "revise their current learning strategy". Why does dissatisfaction exist? Why revise learning strategy? Given the report was focused on LMS I wondered if “learning technology” was code for LMS and performance support technology would remain separate and apart from learning strategy.

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT – Converging Learning with Point-of-Work

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A perfect storm of increasing demand to remain competitive and the continuous nature of change have effectively flanked the traditional Training Paradigm. L&D cannot keep pace. Even with smaller micro-learning objects, agile design, rapid development, and mobile delivery tactics, the solutions remain focused on pushing potential…not performance. 70:20:10 Five Moments of Need learning performance discipline Performance Support xAPI 70-20-10 EPSS

So…You Want to Become a Learning Performance Ninja – Good Choice!

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This as a story, a pivotal story in my career, that validated re-thinking the significance of adopting an evolved strategy using a tactical Learning Performance Assessment (LPA) methodology embedded in a Learning Performance Solutions Discipline called DRIVER.and of course, becoming a die-hard learning performance ninja. Continuous Learning DRIVER Learning Performance Assessment Performer Support point of work design learning performance

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT:  Running the Entire Race

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In the comparison to a 400-meter relay race, Training does not fail. Training delivers a quality product for 25% of the race and makes a successful hand off to…ummm…the Help Desk? This is not a sustainable solution. Training doesn’t fail…the expectations of what training can deliver fails, and that’s because expectations are not aligned with the entire scope of the race. This is a misdiagnosis of how to sustain a dynamic learning performance ecosystem.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Data Analytics Vs. Tsunami

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There may be a few bean-counters out there enduring a pucker moment right now but hear the message I hope comes through in this post. “We We don’t have to measure everything just because we can – have a plan tied to action.”. Data Analytics Digital Performance Guidance DRIVER Performance analytics data analytics performance data ROI

DRIVER – A Repeatable, Agile, Methodology to Generate Learning & Performance Guidance

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My own gap for the first 20 years of my L&D career was never considering there was a need to engage at PoW. Training WAS the standard solution after all, so why look beyond the obvious? Obviously, our L&D team were more focused on efficiently and effectively transferring knowledge which by the way was what we were scoped and compensated to do.

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DRIVER: Enabling a Strategic Re-Think for L&D

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Consider this…are we (L&D) fighting the good fight tactically based on a strategy formalized on an incomplete paradigm? AGILE Learning Performance Assessment Performance Guidance point of work DRIVER

DRIVER – A Learning Performance Discipline Based on Continuum Thinking at the Core

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What comprises the best way to transfer knowledge seamlessly, frictionlessly and ubiquitously regardless of where the worker is on the continuum and…especially…where they might be during a critical workflow? The answer is, “It ain’t training!”. 70:20:10 AGILE Digital Performance Guidance Performance Assessments

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT: Questions, Questions & More Questions

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Momentum to accept the validity of performance support has been a long time coming as evidenced by a dramatic increase of articles advocating more L&D attention targeting performance outcomes. Unfortunately, the attention given is still largely skewed toward innovative learning solutions in the training environment. Methinks part of that dilemma is a result not of the discovery questions asked, but those unasked.

Micro-Learning Is Bigger Than You Think…And Not Just For Learning

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What the article I'm referencing and comments I read made clear illustrate the gyrations we are heading into now with this “new” micro-learning approach. It will be easy to become distracted, so don't get all raked up in a pile over what we call it…or how long it should be. It's about what it can facilitate at the moment of need to get the DO done.

DRIVER – Avoiding the Paralysis of Fear & Loathing

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I have no intentions of offending anyone with this post, but likely will get a few of you all raked up in a pile over it. I’ll take that eventuality as my risk. The reward in considering this evolution is not mine to enjoy; rather, it is the power L&D teams will gain by simply shifting the starting point to a different ground zero – Point-of-Work. 70:20:10 Digital Performance Guidance Five Moments of Need Learning Performance Assessment DRIVER Performance Guidance

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Anatomy of Digital Performance Support (DPS) Integration

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A common misconception is treating DPS as a technology solution and finding some application(s) where to apply it. Finding a “fit” is important, but DPS is only the enabling technology to a cultural shift and mindset that ground zero for building and sustaining performance is found at the Point of Work.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Engagement Lacking? Try Enabling the “DO” at Point-of-Work

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A Training Needs Assessment is NOT going to deliver the mail; however, a Learning Performance Assessment targeting role-specific/task-centric challenges at PoW will reveal sources of frustration otherwise overlooked…defaulting to explanations of failure based on the inability of training to equip the performer to perform…the quality of training…the poor training experience…yada…yada. So…what should we do? Where do we look for answers?

Is 2018 Going To Be a Step-Change Year for L&D?

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There is urgency to this step-change requirement that needs to address Moments of Need at the Point of Work when they manifest and where they manifest. Productivity and profitability are hard-wired into this mission-critical capability. These requirements are currently out of scope of the Training Paradigm regardless of the new training system technology implemented. DPS EPSS LES LMS Performance Support Rants & Ramblings Technology performance point of work

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Find, Build or Purchase Performance Consulting Skills Sooner Than Later

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We have no shortage of targets at which we can fire our L&D solution arrows. Too often just hitting the target with training is viewed as sufficient. I participated in that approach for many years before being exposed to the discipline of performance consulting. That new lens changed everything. The objective morphed from just hitting the target to hitting the right target…with the right arrow…at the right time…with the right amount of force…and for the right reasons.

Digitization of “Human Infrastructure”…or…Enterprise Systems/Apps: Which Should Take Priority?

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There are plenty of positive discussions in the networking groups I follow regarding the shift to the cloud for digital integration across Enterprise Systems, Business Apps, and APIs. This is all good news, but I must ask this question - “What about the digitization supporting the “human infrastructure” tasked to perform effectively using this digitized business infrastructure at the Point-of-work?” Is the answer a chicken or egg debate?

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

Point-of-Work & ADDIE? Say It Ain’t So…

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My recent post “70:20:10 – Myth or Legend?” roused a few readers to offer up some really solid comments, and there were a few that left me feeling like I was at a NASCAR race and just shouted “Ford Rules!” Now if you’ve never been to a NASCAR race, let me tell you this about […].

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Behind the Curtain of a Learning Performance Assessment (LPA) Methodology

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My core point here is straightforward – we have a mandate to treat workforce performance as a continuum from Point-of-Entry (onboarding and 1st learning) to Point-of-Work (sustained performance competency). Therefore, it makes sense to me that any assessment efforts undertaken should include the downstream, post-training PoW; hence, the need for a holistic Learning Performance Assessment (LPA). Continuous Learning Discovery performance consulting performance suppport

Survey Said…“Enough with the E-Learning Already!”

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We [L&D] don’t need to catch up to the disruptions in our digital technology as much as we need to catch up to that which our learners are asking. Continuous Learning EPSS Micro-Learning Mobile Learning Performance Support Performer Support Technology Coaching hands-on guidance mentoring moment of need point of work

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L&D: Chasing Right Outcomes With Wrong Outputs

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We cannot begin the effort by looking through a “training solution lens”. I can always build training IF NECESSARY. BUT…if emphasis is not first laser-focused on what solution output closes the performance gap(s) at Point-of-Work, the traditional default training solution may well be the wrong output. 70:20:10 Five Moments of Need PDNA Performance Assessments Rants & Ramblings Sustained Capability Discovery Performance Assessment performance consulting

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance?

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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. Continuous Learning Discovery & Consulting Micro-Learning Performance Support Sustained Capability intentional design performance support Self-Directed Learning

Don’t Skimp On Discovery @ Point-of-Work

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This post was triggered and complimentary to Bob Mosher’s post on 11/17…an important read that I agree with completely. What I offer today is an attempt to articulate a “Yes and…” in this post. The Critical Skills Analysis (CSA) used in the 5 Moments of Need methodology is extremely essential for distinguishing what can be […].

Tribal Knowledge At Point-of-Work Should Not Be Your Default

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"Intentionally designed for application at the moment of need at Point-of-Work; can your team deliver solutions of this nature? Can your team accomplish discovery to accurately determine what the assets should be? Do they address all 7-Right Things? Performance Assessments Performance Support Sustained Capability

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

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I am deeply buried in HR right now and steeped in the HR discipline, but I am, however…a Performance Ninja. I know who pays the rent. I know I am part of a cost center…an expense…and I know if I’m not contributing to solutions that generate revenue for the organization I have no room to b h when the next down-sizing happens and I am once again hurled through the window of opportunity.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

T.G.I.G.F. 4.0

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This post is now a fourth annual event reserved for Good Friday. The original posting was on a Thursday a few years ago, and I was reflecting on the upcoming Good Friday. The story never really changes, but I find myself appreciating it more every year. Good Friday can slip by too easily amidst preparations […]. A Different Mission Learning About Living crucifixion Easter forgiveness Good Friday Jesus

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True Confessions from a Performance Ninja

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You’ll see it on their faces, and they’ll look up at you with questioning eyes and ask, “You mean this is not a training issue?”…and and then you’ll dance like only a performance consultant can dance…right before spiking the folder full of verbatim interview responses like a wide receiver slamming a touchdown pass in the end zone.

How Point-of-Work Shapes Effective Change

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After over twelve years of chasing the PS rabbit I have a confession to make.I'm m done chasing PS…directly. The chase is near futile when the perfect opportunity is often deeply buried within the organization's ecosystem, and at times, never to be recognized as a viable option because the PS solution is in a blind spot; a blind spot known as a Training Paradigm.

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How Point-of-Work Shapes Effective Change

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After over twelve years of chasing the PS rabbit I have a confession to make.I'm m done chasing PS…directly. The chase is near futile when the perfect opportunity is often deeply buried within the organization's ecosystem, and at times, never to be recognized as a viable option because the PS solution is in a blind spot; a blind spot known as a Training Paradigm.

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Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.