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Performance Consulting: The L&D Solution You Didn’t Know You Needed

Infopro Learning

One of the best strategies your organization can use that is often overlooked is working with a performance consultant. There are three highly effective ways a consultant can help your organization improve employee performance. They can accurately measure performance gaps.

Show me the problem! From instructional designer to performance consultant

Elucidat

In this guest blog, Jean Marrapodi explores this common issue and challenges instructional designers to start thinking of themselves more as performance consultants. Equipped with your notebook and iPhone, your plan is to capture evidence of the application of the things you’ve taught them and see what gaps might exist. In this story, the Director of Distribution believed he understood the problem and had a solution for it. The post Show me the problem!

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The Learning & Development Podcast: Actually Addressing Skills Gaps with Simon Gibson

looop

This transcript is from the conversation between David and Simon Gibson on addressing skills gaps. In this episode, I’m speaking with Simon Gibson, an experienced and esteemed Learning OD and talent leader about really addressing skills gaps. What language do we code in?

eLearning Content Development: 6 Steps to Create a Learning Problem Statement

TalentLMS

Before plunging into an eLearning course development process with your team, spend some time developing a formal problem statement. Let’s determine the research-worthiness of a problem and the steps to create a clear learning problem statement. Before the content is developed, you need to determine whether the learning problem on hand is really worthy of being researched and developed into a course. How do you determine the research worthiness of a problem?

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

PA G E 7 2 Know your. PA G E 1 3 4 Surface solution constraints. design project you know that it can feel like there. effective learning solution or curriculum. So where do most curriculum programs fall short? to solve the business problems that need solving.

How To Close Your Workforce Skills Gaps with Reskilling

Avilar

More companies are looking at upskilling and reskilling the workers they have to address essential skills gaps. RELATED ARTICLE: Is the Skills Gap a Myth? Upskilling generally describes skill improvement – doing what you do now, only better. Leading industry consultants, government agencies and business leaders do not view the current talent shortage as a short-term crunch. Skills Gap gap analysis skills analysis Skills Assessment

Role of a Learning Consultant: Insightful discussion imported from LinkedIn

ID Reflections

I started this discussion to understand the roles (tacit and explicit) that a learning consultant plays. Sahana Chattopadhyay Senior Consultant at Zensar Technologies What does a Learning Consultant do? What are some of the primary and secondary functions that a business expects from a learning consultant? I am interested in finding out if there are any defined set of tasks that a learning consultant would do to enable organizational learning.

Covert Consulting: A Survival Competency for Today’s Training Organizations

Living in Learning

I gave him my standard consultant’s reply. Additionally, I think it critical to know what success will look like. In other words, how will we…more importantly…how will you…know we’ve been successful?”. Again, after the standard consultant’s reply I just shared with you, the VP of Sales gave me both permission and sponsorship to drill down into his sales management hierarchy to sniff out clues affecting sales performance. Beefing up sales training was not the solution.

Convert Training to Online

Experiencing eLearning

Is it a training problem? Ideally, you should determine whether you can actually solve the client’s problem or not with training during the sales process, before you even agree to create a course. When you’re converting existing face-to-face courses to online, the assumption is that training is the solution, but that’s not always true. Ask, “Do employees know how to do the task?” Use training to address skill gaps, not for other problems.

When is Training the Right Solution? (And When it is NOT!)

ThinkingKap Solutions

Most professions with a particular focus, view the world’s problems through that lens. Surgeons want to fix people by cutting out the problem. Psychiatrists want to solve problems by medicating the problem. Yes, we can solve *some* problems with all of these strategies, but we can’t solve all problems with any of them. That’s what we’re here to discuss, and we’ll do so by exploring Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model.

Helping Consultants, Experts, and Coaches Smash Through Personal and Professional Plateaus with David Shriner-Cahn

LifterLMS

Helping consultants, experts, and coaches smash through personal and professional plateaus with David Shriner-Cahn in this episode of the LMScast podcast with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. An effective strategy Chris shares for taking down those roadblocks is to embrace that you don’t know everything and may not even be asking the right questions. This mindset helps you keep an open mind, and when solving difficult problems that often is the fastest path to finding a viable solution.

Don’t Frustrate Users With Gaps in Your Product Experience

General Assembly

Users interact with a product through many different channels and modes of communication, and bridging the gaps between them is essential to your product’s success. Encountering any gaps in the product-experience loop is frustrating to the user and these points of friction jeopardize your businesses. I call these gaps mode-shift friction. I advocate for chipping away at the problem bit by bit. Find your gaps. Begin circling your gaps. Capture gap data.

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

skills gapproblem. What is the “Skills GapProblem? These persistently unfilled positions are attributed to an unfortunate and somewhat ironic phenomenon called the “skills gap.”. Skills gap theorists say that formal education isn’t preparing enough candidates for specialized high-skill, high-growth jobs such as data analysis, user experience design and software programming. Skills GapSolutions.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Describing What You Do: Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Describing What You Do: Instructional Design Youre at a playground and you start talking to the mom sitting on the bench next to you. Eventually, she asks you what you do for work. What do you say? This was me yesterday: Playground Mom: So, what do you do? Thats a great description, but it still doesnt help me tell the woman on the playground what it is that I do. How do you explain yourself?

Can I take your order?

Matthew Guyan

Do we want to be thought of as the people who create training or design content? Or do we want to be known as the people who solve problems in our organisations? If it’s the second question, then we need to really determine the problem we are trying to solve.

‘Best of Elearning! ’ Awards Honor 100 Top Solutions

mLevel

awards honor best-in-class solutions across the learning and technology marketplace. All nominations are made directly by users of solutions. There is no better honor than to be nominated by users and customers of these best-in-class solutions.”. Research indicated 85 percent of readers had recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the most recent 12-month period, and 61 percent claimed that award recognition “impacts their decision” to consider a product or service.

Onsite Training: An Ideal Solution for Any Size Company 

Continu

If you are a smaller company and do not have a learning department, hiring an outside firm to run your training may seem beneficial. In today’s world, customers want to do business with an organization who cares about the environment, gives back, and doesn’t spend money they don’t have to. If you are doing some executive coaching for your senior-level management team, for example, this training may be sensitive and not something you want leaked to customers or even competitors.

What You Need To Know About Corporate Gamification of Learning

eLearningMind

Businesses face a consistent struggle to engage and motivate people, whether it’s their own staff, or the target audience they are looking to serve, and seek an effective solution to this potential barrier. Gamification in its true application can be a viable and effective solution to these two inevitable problems. An easy thing to do or to learn (an understanding of psychology, human behavior and much more goes into it). The solution for everything.

A How to Guide on the Principles of the #elearningmanifesto: # 2 Do Not Assume that eLearning is the Answer

Challenge to Learn

This is about Principle #2: “Do not assume eLearning is the Answer”. In order to do this we need a better understanding of the context and the type of learning you want to apply. When you surf the internet you will find some indications when to use eLearning (mostly directed at a formal course): When there is a significant amount of learning to do. In response to my first post Clark Quinn commented the following: “Many courses are built when it’s not the best solution.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"?

Learning Visions

Friday, January 30, 2009 Do Instructional Design Degrees Get "Wasted"? ID student commented: My problem with the industry is that the degree in instructional design is required of management. Is the degreed-ID the department manager and not doing any actual design work? Teasdale responded: "What it means to be a consultant." "You You need to know how to work with other groups and meet their needs." The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Do You Use Training as a Security Blanket A Systems Approach to Improving Performance

Training Industry

As a consultant, one of the most requested solutions I receive from leaders is training. Training isn’t always the best solution. It is, however, the quickest solution when you want something that’s easy to approve and simple to schedule. Whether the training is developed in house or is outsourced, it’s a tangible solution that leaders hold on to like security blankets. Second, training is never a stand-alone solution. I know this stuff already!”

10 Years Of The iPhone And L&D Has Some Learning To Do

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I’m writing this having experienced the problems that in-company learning technologies have posed to us since the 1990s. Instead, it’s the opportunity to do well; to try new things; to improve themselves; to gain greater capability in their professional field – or just within their organisation. Going back to the iPhone, Apple (and other smartphone manufacturers and app developers since) looked at ways that their technology could help users do what they wanted to do better.

Contemplating Competencies: What Are the Best Companies Doing Now?

Avilar

Any best practices from companies that are doing it well? Companies still use competencies to understand employees’ weaknesses to develop and support a training plan with resources to close the gap. It’s best to understand where potential holes exist and to know what’s needed in one, three, five, and even 10 years down the road. What advice do you have for organizations who want to do more?

DEEPER ELEARNING DESIGN: PART 1 – THE STARTING POINT: GOOD OBJECTIVES

Learnnovators

There’s a process called performance consulting that looks to determine what the real need is, and this should be employed before determining a course is the solution. When there are performance gaps in organizations, there could be several possible reasons: that the performer doesn’t have access to the necessary resources, that the performer isn’t motivated or is motivated to perform in other ways, or that the performer is lacking in particular skills.

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What You Need To Know About Corporate Gamification of Learning

eLearningMind

Businesses face a consistent struggle to engage and motivate people, whether it’s their own staff, or the target audience they are looking to serve, and seek an effective solution to this potential barrier. Gamification in its true application can be a viable and effective solution to these two inevitable problems. An easy thing to do or to learn (an understanding of psychology, human behavior and much more goes into it). The solution for everything.

Why do you require a specialized learning platform and not a learning module of an HCM?

Disprz

The need for a dedicated learning solution in changing times. And this causes huge costs to be incurred by employers, knowing fully that attrition is a market reality. These made-for-purpose applications do one thing really well. Further, due to the API-economy, the ability to create add-ons to the Google for Business apps have created a new ecosystem of companies that do one super-specific thing very well. Do you see a pattern in the above table?

Why You Should Boost Soft Skills in Your Organization

Avilar

Companies are frantically investing time and money to recruit, retain and develop employees who know about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science and the like. Yet, in an interesting twist, the adoption of automation is starting to shift the focus beyond “hard skills” (technical know-how), creating a greater demand for employees with finely tuned “soft skills” (the way people do their jobs). How to Identify and Close Soft Skills Gaps?

Why do you require a specialized learning platform and not a learning module of an HCM?

Disprz

The need for a dedicated learning solution in changing times. And this causes huge costs to be incurred by employers, knowing fully that attrition is a market reality. These made-for-purpose applications do one thing really well. Further, due to the API-economy, the ability to create add-ons to the Google for Business apps have created a new ecosystem of companies that do one super-specific thing very well. Do you see a pattern in the above table?

Managing Skills in The Face of Continual Change

Docebo

In fact, nearly 90% of HR and learning leaders feel skills gaps continue to grow. Employers Know There’s a Problem to Fix. More than two-thirds of employers (67%) in a recent CareerBuilder survey are concerned about growing skills gaps. Doing so requires learning and development professionals to play an important role in fostering a culture of continuous learning within the organizations. But how do you deliver the right learning at the right time?

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CATHY MOORE – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

We know you help organizations expand the skills of their instructional designers with your action mapping model. The most common change I’ve noticed is the question “What do you need people to DO?” Learnnovators: It is exciting to see a growing realization that people learn primarily through ‘doing’ rather than ‘knowing’. How do you think existing learning models need to evolve to support these workplace learning preferences?

THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

Complex problems cannot be solved alone. So far, the role of L&D has been to identity existing skill gaps, design training programs to bridge the gaps, and get supervisors or the individuals concerned to nominate themselves for the training, attend the “requisite” training and get back to work and be efficient. We know how obsolete and redundant that matrix is in today’s context. In theory, we know this is what will work in the long run.

The Key to Great Tests A cheaper solution than you may think

Training Industry

You said, I will be able to do x. Fixing this gap in ID knowledge requires acknowledging it and then revising the objectives and reviewing them with the subject matter expert. If we can’t do this basic step correctly then what value are we adding to the rest of the training intervention? The first step it to assess if this problem exists in your shop. Do they do it? Do your IDs know how to translate Blooms Taxonomy into their work and use it as a tool?

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CLARK QUINN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

He integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. How do we ensure learning faster than everyone else? What do some of the interesting research findings and survey results point to? How do you educate your clients about the most effective approaches to learning?

THE 70:20:10 MODEL – TODAY, TOMORROW & BEYOND

Learnnovators

ABOUT CHARLES JENNINGS (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates): Charles Jennings is a leading thinker, practitioner and consultant in the areas of performance improvement, change management, and learning. Charles has deep experience in both the business and learning practitioner sides of performance improvement and effective learning solutions. He also knows ‘what works’ in the world of strategic talent. Just ask anyone you know “where did your greatest learning occur?”

Before the Course

Clark Quinn

I realize that there are pressures to make a course when one is requested, including expectations and familiarity, but really, you should be doing some initial thinking about what makes sense. So here’s a rough guide about the thinking you should do before you course. You begin with a performance problem. To start, people can simply not know what they’re supposed to do. But it’s not (at least initially) a training problem.

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How To Select The Right Modality For Your Training: 5 Must-Ask Questions

Roundtable Learning

How do you know which modality is best for your training program? There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for learners, which is why a blended learning program may be the right option. Everything You Need To Know. This ensures learners know what to expect.

Learning objectives: Our frenemy

Making Change

” We all know this. And there’s the problem — conventional learning objectives can work against us. What do I mean by “conventional learning objectives?” Do people actually need to “learn” something? A knowledge or skill gap clearly exists. Closing that gap will help solve the problem. Is there really a knowledge or skill gap? Will closing the gap solve the problem? They know it.”

KEITH KEATING – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Regardless of the role, at the heart of everything Keith does centers around problem solving. He studied Design Thinking at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and found Design Thinking was a perfect tool to add to his problem solving “toolkit”. Everything we do is for them, about them.

Designing a Management Dev Program to Get Results [@Kineo Webinar Th May 19]

Learning Visions

CST Duration: 1 hour Speaker: Cammy Bean, Solutions Consultant, and Dr. Chip Cleary, VP of Design, Solutions & Consulting Are you happy with how you develop front-line managers (aka supervisors, team leads, first-time managers)? There’s a lot of great content on management skills both for the classroom and online, so what’s the problem? In short, they fall into what we call the Learning-Doing Gap.

What is Design Thinking and Why Should You Care?

Pract.us

Adopt the “designer mindset” for more innovative problem solving. For example, Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, a leading design thinking consulting house, says in an interview with Forbes , “Design thinking is all about upgrading within constraints.”. After wading through several of these high-level descriptions, I boiled design thinking down to three key elements: Purpose: to come up with useful solutions to problems. Open-minded solution development.

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