Archive for September, 2012

Master Yoda MBA on listening

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Listen, not only with your ears you must, but also with your heart.

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10 Commandments of Training from an Organizational Perspective

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Training, often is administered poorly, not tracked, not evaluated, and commonly used as an excuse to get a free lunch or out-of-work for the day.  Below are 10 Training Commandments (as arbitrarily decided by me) that organizations break.

  1. Thou shall never send anyone to training just because the price has been reduced.
  2. Training shall not be utilized unless there is level 1 and level 2 evaluation (preferably there would be level 3 and 4 evaluations too).
  3. Thou should manage the organizational learning function. There should be a plan.
  4. Thou shall align training with organizational goals, processes, and objectives.
  5. Training, training, or more training is not always the solution to your organizational or performance problem(s).
  6. Training must be learner focused. For more information see adult learning theory.
  7. Thou must have refreshments at any training/learning event.
  8. Simply transferring manuals etc to online slide show is not e-learning or online learning.
  9. Never ever design training that is simply someone reading off of a Power Point slide, unless you are training on how to read off a Power Point slide or torture them.
  10. Thou should always adhere to ADDIE.

I suspect there are more than 10 too.

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Data Collection

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Data collection is:

…useless if incorrectly done!

…waste of time if not used to make decisions, that are of course aligned with organizational goals.

…ineffective if there are no resources to interpret the data. Misinterpretation can disastrous.

…is likely used to generate reports that no one will even use or read.

Virtue aside, data collection seems more likely to be done wrong or misused (if used at all), and never acted upon. Of course this leads to the question of what is the point?


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September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

If you don’t learn, you don’t evolve. If you don’t evolve, you don’t survive. If you don’t survive, you don’t thrive. If you don’t thrive you can’t succeed. If you don’t succeed you can’t improve and be the “best” and so on.

Are you a learner? Is your organization? What about a learning culture? Does it exist?

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