Learning Wars – The New Hope for Learning

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The War on LELEAR – Lame Enterprise Learning Experiences and Resources enters a new phase.

Performance Improvement Jedi across the galaxy are Pivoting to Performance, and conducting Analysis and Discovery efforts with Master Performers to uncover first – the Outputs and Stakeholder Requirements, and second – the Behavioral and Cognitive Tasks, and third – the enabling knowledge and skills required.

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The Pivot to Performance

David James and I partnered last Summer and planned and executed a series of webinars/virtual sessions on L&D’s Pivot to Performance.

I Was One of the Lucky Few – IMO

I’ve been in the “performance-based Training & Development” profession since 1979, where, in my first job out of college, I joined a Training organization where they had, and taught me, a “Performance Orientation to Instruction” – including both Job Aids and Training – which were focused on Outputs, and their Tasks, and the Stakeholder Measures for both.

They embraced, and taught me, a methodology-set based on the approaches of Geary Rummler, Tom Gilbert, Bob Mager, and Joe Harless – among others.

A Performance Orientation to Instruction, or Training, or Learning, of Learning Experience Design, is not new, in fact, it’s been around since at least the early 1960s. And yet, it’s rarely practiced, for a number of reasons that I won’t go into now.

I’ve partnered with David on this series to help share other practitioners’ Performance-Oriented Processes and Practices in what is sometimes called Analysis or Discovery, to help others like you, make or continue your transition, your Pivot to Performance.

Now that I am mostly retired (semi-retired) one of the final contributions I’m trying to make – besides writing books and blog posts – is to recognize and elevate others who also have this Performance Orientation in T&D/L&D/LXD – the same as I saw my key mentors do back in the 1980s.

I borrowed from them all – I Adopted what I could and Adapted the rest. Everyone should do the same as we’ve all heard or read – One size does not fit all.

Virtual Series - L&D's Pivot to Performance

Here are the six that David James and I started with…

  1. Episode 1 With Dr Kenneth Yates (University of Southern California).
  2. Episode 2 With Sebastian Tindall (Vitality).
  3. Episode 3 With Anne-Marie Burbidge (Utility Warehouse).
  4. Episode 4 With Dr Dawn Snyder (Boise State University).
  5. Episode 5 With Filip Lam (Klarna).
  6. Episode 6 With Steve Villachica (Boise State University).

Missed one? Haven’t caught any of them yet? Pick any one of them to catch up — you can’t go wrong.

This next Wednesday we host our final session, number 7, a panel discussion where we are taking Questions submitted in advance – register here – and add your Questions on that page.

When David James had me on his Podcast, The Learning & Development Podcast, which you can listen to here – and is 48:52 minutes in length – I made the comment regarding that, “I won’t hold my breath” regarding a shift (or pivot) to performance and away from Content Dumps – and I referenced both my 2014 Blog Post on “In Vogue in the L&D Space – This Vague Notion of Performance” – as well as the late Geary A. Rummler’s writings from back in 1969 on “We Can’t Get There From Here” which I posted about back in 2011 – here.

Note, David came up with the “Pivot” word for this podcast – that we’ve now extended into the virtual series.

Visit the Podcast web page – here.

And join us synchronously or asynchronously in the L&D’s Pivot to Performance virtual series.

You can watch all of the videos over on David’s YouTube channel here – or via my website page on this series here.

Please take a look – and share share share share share!


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