There Is Too Much Foo Foo
Here are links to Pages on this site with links to research findings off this site – on each of the various types of Foo Foo found often in Instructional Design and Performance Improvement, including:
- Analysis with Subject Matter Experts
- Blooms Taxonomy
- Brain – Right Brain – Left Brain – and Learning
- Collaboration Myths
- Designing Learning/ Training for Generational Differences Myths
- Designing Learning/ Training for Learning Styles Myths
- Employee Engagement
- Evaluation – Level 1 Evaluations/Smiles Sheets
- NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming
- Transfer – Only 10% of Training transfers to the Job
- Wisdom of the Crowd
Foo Foo Fighting In the Online Trenches:
- Feedback leads to improved performance.
- Immediate feedback is more effective in improving performance than delayed feedback.
- Job satisfaction generally leads to improved performance.
- Successful performance during training usually results in improved post-training performance.
- If you want to learn how to do something, go to the expert.
- Physical capital generates a significantly higher return-on-investment (ROI) than human capital.
- Technology advances since 1970 have consistently accelerated an overall increase in work productivity.
- Common sense is a friendly ally of science.
Training Development Ratios
Growth of Training
Growth of eLearning
10% Transfer of Training Myth
Transfer of Training Rate
20% x 20% x 10% = 0.4% Myth
Training and the Bottom Line
Personalized System of Instruction
Fight the Foo Foo
The Fifth Management Foci
Avoiding Foo Foo in Foci 1-4
If books on management were judged by a cost-benefit analysis, in my view Guy Wallace’s “The Fifth Management Foci” would take first place, hands down. Readers in a hurry can finish it in less than two hours – or you can dwell on his advice and the piercing questions he asks for weeks or months. I started with the fast read and then went back for a more leisurely and thoughtful stroll – and took away valuable insights from both. Reading requires less time and work because Guy has spent the effort required to boil complex insights down to brief, pithy, clear and insightful statements about managing large and small organizations at all levels. My thinking about his ideas was aided by the challenging questions he urges readers to ask at every one of the five stages he describes and the fact that he lets us provide the answers from the prospective of our own organization. He has also designed the book so that the chapters can be read in any order. Most important is that he gives clear directions about what to do at every turn and level of management – but lets us decide how to apply them in our organizations.
Part of the cost-benefit proposition in this book is that it is a twofer – two books in one. A significant chunk of the book provides a structured outline and guide to most of the issues one should consider when designing, assessing and repairing the management and performance of an organization. These are the first four of the “Foci” he describes – key concerns such as Alignment, Processes, Practices and Resources for stakeholders. A shorter but no less fascinating part of the book emphasizes his “Fifth Foci.” In it he uses the management road map he creates to point out the most comprehensive list yet of the unwarranted assumptions, common misconceptions, half-truths and outright lies about management and human performance at work. He calls it the “Foo Foo Focus” and he trains the crosshairs on the snake oil that is sold for each of the other four focus areas. This section alone is worth the price of the book. Readers are cautioned to approach it with an open mind because it is likely that everyone will recognize one or more of the misconceptions he points out as a principle that we hold dear. Yet there is solid evidence to support every one of the Foo Foo strategies he lists.
Most of the recent reviews of research on organizational management have concluded that in general, it is poorly done and in great need of workable solutions. Guy Wallace’s Fifth Management Foci is a significant step in the right direction.
Richard E. Clark, Ed.D.
October 9, 2011