Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Building a Performance Support Community

We just completed our third Performance Support workshop at the Masie Center. As you can see we have added to our community 29 more remarkable people who have already proven themselves as committed Performance Support professionals.

As you all know, Bob and I are convinced that the future holds great things instore for this discipline. Performance Support is the key to delivering strategic value to the organizations we serve. It opens wide the door to informal learning -- an area we cannot and must not ignore. It extends greater life to our formal learning efforts -- ensuring longetivity to the impact of ILT and all its elearning alternatives. There isn't a movement past, present, or future within the discipline of learning that Performance Support doesn't have a vital role to play.

We are at a crossroads for our profession. And as Yogi Berra once said, "When you come to the fork in the road, take it." We need to take this journey. We need to gather our collective wisdom, experience, and capabilities and lift Performance Support into the full light of day; into the place of prominence it merits in every organization.

Bob and I stand ready to do all we can to help this happen. But it won't happen until we learn how to grow this community and then act collectively.

So here is the invitation to you via this article. Use the comments section of this article to add your suggestions regarding how you believe we can work together to accomplish this. You know what we have been doing. What else can we do? What shouldn't we be doing? How can we improve our efforts. Please think about this and then weigh in! We look forward to hearing from you.

1 comment:

  1. How is the ASTD TechKnowledge conference, Bob?

    Your and Con's posts to date have been so thorough and intelligent -- I have nothing I could possibly add to them!

    Have you thought at all about shorter posts at irregular intervals? Maybe just throw up some one-off observations and newsworthy tidbits when they come your way...