Tom Gram
It’s fascinating to watch technical innovations grow in use from early adopters to the point where they “tip” into mass acceptance (apologies to Malcolm Gladwell).  This is certainly the case for Web 2.0 applications.  Seemingly overnight, web based social media and collaborative tools are everywhere.  (It hasn’t really happened overnight of course. for example...
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A few days ago Ron Wilkins referenced a report released from the  Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) asking CEOs which areas in their organizations would suffer the most in response to the current economic crisis.   Learning and Development was tagged as the #1 target for cutbacks at 38% of respondents.  Recruiting was second and IT was...
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In a recent post I mentioned there are alternatives to “rapid” e-learning that can be used to avoid the common present > ask-a-question >click next death march.  Rapid e-learning tools can certainly decrease the time it takes to develop e-learning, but in my experience they dramatically increase the time it takes for an employee to...
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In my previous post I suggested there are better and faster ways to develop some types of skilled performance than full featured e-learning development.  One of those ways–particularly suited to procedural, task based work–is Digital Performance Support. Digital Performance Tools The performance aid has a long history in training and development but in the transition...
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The emergence of highly templated rapid e-learning tools and Learning Content Management Systems together with technical standards (SCORM) has been a mixed blessing. Improved efficiency but at what cost? These advances have clearly improved the efficiency of e-learning development (speed) and reduced the costs of development to make it easier for organizations to implement more...
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I just learned that Geary Rummler recently passed away.  Geary was a leading thinker, researcher and practitioner in performance improvement and learning design. His approaches helped me and many others improve the impact of learning solutions and transition to the broader world of performance improvement and process redesign. He is best known for his book Improving...
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I’m doing some research on Competency Modeling for a project and I have the same nagging question I had when competency based approaches became the rage in the 90’s.  Do competency based approaches really improve performance? Competency based talent management (training, development, performance management, selection etc.) is now firmly entrenched in corporate HR culture.  The...
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Hello.  This is my inaugural post in what I hope becomes a useful learning tool for you and for me.  For my part, I hope to share approaches and ideas that I have developed over 20+ years working and consulting in the learning and performance profession.  If I peak your interest (or provoke your disagreement),...
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Recent Posts

The Learning Design Sprint
August 16, 2018
Practice and the Development of Expertise (Part 3)
August 9, 2018
Practice and the Development of Expertise (Part 2)
August 6, 2018
Practice and the Development of Expertise (Part 1)
August 5, 2018
Learning, Technology and the Future of Work
June 10, 2018

Popular Posts from the Archive

Here are some popular posts from Tom’s former blog, Performance X Design. Some older posts contain inactive links and unedited formatting while they wait impatiently for him to update them.