Category

Performance Design
The goal of learning in the workplace is performance–individual and organizational.  If we’ve learned nothing else in recent years, we’ve learned that learning is most effective when it is integrated with real work.  What we need are practical strategies that we can to use to make it happen. In a series of following posts I’ll...
Continue Reading
In a blog post a while back I mentioned it might be nice to see the training function morph into something more akin to an organizational effectiveness unit in the next ten years.  So I enjoyed a  recent post (The Rise of the Chief Performance Officer) by knowledge management leader Tom Davenport where he suggests...
Continue Reading
Last week I worked on two organizational design related proposals.  In both, I used the Organization-as-System (OAS) Map as an important analytical tool and it started me thinking about how useful a conceptual approach it has been over the years. Originally created by Geary Rummler as tool to envision an organization as a flow of...
Continue Reading
“Ba” is a Japanese concept meaning a shared space that serves as a foundation for the creation of individual and collective knowledge.  Nonaka and Takeuchi built on the concept in their influential book, The Knowledge Creating Company a few years back. The SECI Cycle of Knowledge Creation In that book they advanced a “dynamic theory...
Continue Reading
Formal learning (structured and designed classroom or e-learning programs) has been taking a beating these days.  The informal learning movement, powered by constructivist concepts of learning and web 2.0 applications is well underway.   Carl Sauliner almost got his virtual head lopped off in the blogosphere for suggesting that predictions of the death of classroom...
Continue Reading
Interest in informal learning by the training function is tangible and growing.  The 2008 ASTD State of the Industry report contained a special survey section on informal learning.  The report concluded the following: ” Not only did survey participants acknowledge that informal learning plays a role in today’s workplaces, they also predicted that it would...
Continue Reading
I came across another interesting web 2.0 app recently. It’s called Kindling and it allows users to submit an idea, discuss it and then vote on it.  From the companies website… “Kindling makes it easy for your group to submit, discuss and vote on ideas. Good ideas naturally rise to the top helping your business...
Continue Reading
Nothing like an economic crisis to get us thinking about our future.  The Learning Circuits Blog big question for March is “What will Workplace Learning look like in ten years?”  Harold Jarche and Jay Cross have questioned the value of the training department in their article “The Future of the Training Department”. Predicting the future...
Continue Reading
I’ve been reading an interesting book by Mathew May, a senior advisor to the University of Toyota:  The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation. The Toyota Production System (TPS) and Lean Production are legendary of course (and becoming more so in light of the self-destruction of the North American car industry) but the book...
Continue Reading
I found this National Public Radio story interesting in light of my last two posts on performance feedback systems. “Companies Rethink Annual Performance Reviews,” gives examples of companies that have switched to providing feedback on a continuous basis, using a coaching-oriented process.  It refers to the Rypple application I mentioned in this post. From the...
Continue Reading
1 2 3 4

About the Blog

This blog contains perspectives on the issues that matter most in workplace learning and performance improvement.  It’s written by Tom Gram.

Subscribe to our mailing list

You’ll receive an email update when a new post is added to the blog. You can opt out at any time. We will protect the privacy of your personal information.

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.