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Don’t Drink the Learning Evaluation Kool-Aid!

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Learning practitioners are taught early, or should I dare say brainwashed, to believe the ‘essential’ four levels of evaluation. Many of us refer to these levels as the Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model and it has been a cornerstone in every learning event and also a foundation for many evaluation models that followed.

But let’s be honest, the unspoken truth is that the Kirkpatrick model is flawed. Yes, I dare say it out loud and may the learning gods, and some of my peers, strike me down. While you pick you jaw off the floor, the fact is that the evaluation method has some apparent issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Love Letter to ATD for Hosting ICE 2015!

loveWe would like to begin by saying, thank you ATD 2015 for reminding we why we do what we do. ATD Conference organizers really know how the bring it!

We thank you because after a long, cold, and dark winter and an overwhelming demand of client mandates we were feeling unmotivated and questioning if our efforts as leading industry contributors are being heard or was it all for not? After the last few days meeting friends, peers, and followers it is all for something.

This post is to share our feelings with you because we don’t think we are alone in our self-reflection. After speaking to some other colleagues (also leading industry contributors) we were not the only ones feeling this way…and it seems ATD 2015 was the medicine to cure our melancholy.

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‘Snake Oil’ From the Bully Pulpit

bullying2Recently, a well-respected workplace learning peer posted an interesting and conversation-inducing discussion about dealing with a ‘snake oil’ person within your personal learning network (PLN).

Personally, I found this blog post very insightful. I respect the message the post is attempting to communicate but a thought crossed my mind, “How prevalent is the issue of having a ‘snake-oil’ person in a PLN  become?” It doesn’t seem to be a significant issue within my PLNs.

Since it is not an issue for me, I reflected on how would I define a ‘snake oil’ person within my PLNs? And, do they exist in my PLN or other learning environments I participate?

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Giving Thanks for Turkey Stuffing & Lifelong Learning

windingroadPeople often say to us, “Wow, you’re lucky! You have everything you wished for.” We politely respond with a ‘thank you’…but what we really want to say is that both ‘luck’ and ‘wishes’ had nothing to do with it.

With (US) Thanksgiving only a few days away, we do believe that this is a good time to reflect. We reflected upon our successes and the good fortune that we experience in our personal and professional lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Learning Professional’s Self-Reflection…

insightIn a recent interview an industry-reporter recently asked me a couple of interesting questions that I thought I would share with you. The questions asked to me were, “What else would you do if you weren’t involved with learning? What would you improve about yourself and Your L&D Approach?

I wanted to share my responses with you not to only demonstrate that I practice what I preach (more than other sector-experts claim) but to also to encourage you to self-reflect as well. It is truly a very introspective exercise and will help you to improve something as learning professionals we are expected to do.

So, here are my answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Learning Professionals Not Afford to Learn?

Ok, so hold on for my rant. I plan to be ranting for a few posts so you may want to revisit in the coming weeks to see what is annoying me to no end. I am VERY annoyed! I am annoyed for a few reasons and if you are involved in some way with employee performance and development you need to here this and/or be annoyed too.

In this post, I am embarrassed about how learning professionals shirk their responsibility to be learners themselves. I am shocked that those with the responsibility for learning within organizations (and even in academia) fail to challenge what they know and make no attempt to discover what they don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »

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Return on Expectations: 7 Critical Flaws that Undermine Training Effectiveness

(This article is originally published by TrainingIndustry.com June 13, 2012 http://bit.ly/KuJe7N)

So, here we go again with another problematic methodology called “return on expectations” (ROE). Just when training professionals are in damage control with the disappointment of “training ROI,” out of the woodwork, comes another “quick-fix” and repackaged methodology trying to demonstrate training impact on business objectives. ROE, however, is a more elusive and misleading approach compared to others that came before. Read the rest of this entry »

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Post-Conference Meltdown…Why Training Professionals Don’t Apply What They Learn?

Ajay M. Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood

So…it’s been just over one week since the “mother” of all workplace learning conferences took place. The ASTD International Conference and Expo (or as the regulars know it, ICE) is the leading and largest conference in the training space.

This is not to take away the great efforts placed by other conferences (most of them I enjoy) but ICE is IT! ICE attracts the largest number of WLP professional and specialists from around the world…up to 10,000 participants at times. It also invites the most innovative and leading speakers to conduct workshops and concurrent sessions…including yours truly! Read the rest of this entry »

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