The 5-Step Simulation™ Method

Learning activities that recreate work situations make for better transfer of learning. We also know that people are engaged by story. Story makes training personally relevant. Putting these two things together is what my work focuses on—recreating work situations with an engaging story. That is why I developed the 5-Step Simulation™ Method. Simulations are simplified […]

Are We Expecting Too Much?

I’ve had clients lately who have been great. I have also had clients who have wanted far more than their agreed-upon budget and timeline would allow. I’m wondering if the current wave of low cost, easy to use tools might be creating unrealistic expectations in the minds of learners, learning managers, and sponsors of learning. […]

Types of Learning

What Type of Learning do we Need? You’ve identified something that people need to do better or differently. You already analyzed the performance gap and its causes. You’ve determined that it really is a knowledge or skill deficiency. (You have done that, right? You’re not just throwing training at a non-training issue… right? Training can […]

How Interactive is your Learning?

The Chief Learning Officer daily blog put up this post, and I think it’s worth sharing. The technology isn’t the thing that engages people. Neither is clicking for the sake of clickiness. Understand what will get people using the skills, thinking like experts, and making meaningful decisions about the topic, and then build that into […]

Training Manager, this is your Job

I was working with the site training managers for a mining company not long ago, and I realized that none of them knew what their jobs were really about. As in many companies, they were focused on compliance, scheduling classes, tracking completions and hours, and just generally doing what the boss wanted them to do. […]

Solo, Cooperative, or Competitive?

Sometimes, it’s obvious. Other times, you have to make a choice. Simulations can be designed and run as solo activities, or as group exercises. In a group—or between groups—simulations can be done in a cooperative way or as competitive events. Different things push your choice as a learning professional in one direction or another. Solo […]

Simulation Example: Online Branching Simulation

This simulation example was an online course in career coaching for 3,500 managers of a global manufacturing company. The course was offered in 7 languages to all management-level employees of this company around the world. The simulations followed two brief setup sections that explained what career coaching is and how to do it well. Learners […]

Estimating L&D Project Times

When I was the Director of L&D at The Schwan Food Company, I kept track of the kinds of learning and development projects that my teams worked on. They fell into some pretty consistent buckets of time, effort, and cost. Across different companies and clients, those buckets have remained pretty consistent. It has given me […]

Budget for Skill Practice

“There was this one time,” the tale begins, and that draws the learners into the world of story. Shakespeare took it even farther, writing, “the play’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.” Getting people into the “play” and engaging them with story is incredibly effective as a way to learn. Remember […]

Inclusion & Diversity in Training

Know your audience. Do the right thing. Those are two of the guiding principles I use in my training and HR work. Beyond my passionate focus on learning for performance, I strive to promote inclusion and diversity in the stories, scenarios, and cases I write. Inclusion for me is the sense of “make this welcoming […]