We Put Fluoride In the Water

So lots of talk over the last year about performance enhancing drugs. Not in sports but in standardized testing.  Part of the performance learning stack I hypothesized a while ago is the optimized learner. In the stack I suggested emotional, physical, social and emotional as the elements to this optimal learner. Below are my thoughts … Continue reading

High Leverage Skills

We are always looking for disproportionate returns. Think about the world of investments where the holy grail is to find the magical place where returns are greater than risk. What about how we think about skill development when it’s done in the pursuit of improved performance? Much of what we do is a combination of … Continue reading

Learning Amplifier

I am a big fan of mash-ups. The style of DJ built music that combines seemingly disparate style of music into what are arguably “new” songs. these mixes often surpass the originals and also do a great job of exposing new audiences to source material they may have never heard. In my role as a … Continue reading

There and back again…

It has been some time since a new post has arrived upon the happy shores of Learning Hacks.  The reason is I have been on a journey.  One that took me all the way into fiery depths of HRBPO, showed me wonderful people and desperate places.  My 20 months spent with an HRBPO provider was … Continue reading

Learning Hacks?

The term hack has had quite a life since it came on the scene around 1150.  Associated with everything from cleaver to clever, it has evolved and remained relevant.  Widely associated with computer programming languages the term hack has come to be understood as a “shortcut”, a “fix”, a new way to do something using … Continue reading

The Call For Lean Learning

Last week Ben Horowitz, who with Marc Andreessen has launched a few billion dollar companies and now plays VC, posted about why training is one of the most important things comapnies can do [full post here] I think he is right. Unfortunately, I think that most people’s willingness to skip training is driven by the … Continue reading

New Analogies Apply Within

Training has long used I.T. departments as their role model. Once the misunderstood backroom of corporations, CIO’s now sit at the leadership table offering strategic insight and business value. Training aspired to make the same leap from oft-questioned expense to essential strategic investment. There is a big difference though. Training doesn’t make anything! Just Learn … Continue reading

The Spark That Started It All

Over a dozen years ago I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. I was a consultant with the Forum Corporation, a corporate learning and development firm. How I, with no formal corporate learning and development degree, came to be there is another story entirely but it was this … Continue reading